Safe Routes to School in the United States

This paper describes the key elements of Safe Routes to School programs, which are getting more children to walk and bicycle to schools worldwide. Proponents of Safe Routes to School believe that these programs can reverse the downward spiral caused by traffic congestion and sedentary lifestyles by changing the habits of an entire generation of school children. The authors provide a history of the Safe Routes to School program, and specifically focus on its development in the United States, as well as opportunities for the program to spread now that the U.S. federal government has approved $612 million for such programs through the year 2009. The authors describe the five "E's" of Safe Routes to School: Evaluation, Engineering, Education, Encouragement, and Enforcement. The authors outline the problems associated with school transportation today, share Safe Routes to School case studies from three states, and highlight the need for additional research and international collaboration. The authors conclude that Safe Routes to School programs can help neighborhood streets be re-transformed into safe and vibrant thoroughfares for travelers of all ages and modes.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 169-190
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  • Accession Number: 01050085
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 29 2007 11:23AM