What is Safe Routes to School?

In 1969, roughly 48% of students bicycled or walked to school. Today only 13% of children do so. And, travel to school can account for up to 25% of all morning traffic.

That's why we work with schools like yours, to teach and inspire children to start walking and bicycling more often—to and from school, improving their physical health, safety, and community.

The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program promotes healthy alternatives for children and parents in their travel to and from school. It educates students, parents and community members on the value of walking and bicycling for travel to and from school.

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A Few Safety Tips...

  • Walk on the sidewalk
  • Look left, right, and left for traffic
  • Walk facing traffic, if there are no sidewalks
  • Cross at intersections
  • See and be seen
  • Make eye contact with drivers
  • Wear reflective or light colored clothes in the morning and night
  • Wear comfortable shoes when walking

More About the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program

School The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program helps to reduce congestion, air pollution, and traffic congestion near schools, while increasing the health, safety, and physical activity of elementary and middle school students.

It is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). In 2005, following a successful pilot project developed by WalkBoston, an expanded program was established under MassRIDES.

How Can It Help My School?

  • Establishes healthy lifetime habits for students
  • Increases children's independence
  • Helps students arrive at school ready to learn
  • Teaches safe pedestrian, bicyclist, and driver skills

We Follow the 5 E's:

We Offer:

  • Technical Assistance
  • Implementation
  • Marketing, and
  • Evaluation programs that "fit" your school's needs and priorities

And Your School Receives FREE:

  • Educational materials targeted to students, parents & community leaders
  • Promotional materials to announce your Safe Routes to School
  • Training for your stakeholders to identify access challenges and design solutions
  • Ways to qualify for infrastructure improvements to enhance safety along school routes