Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national and international movement that aims to create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. The goal of the program is to enable and encourage children K-8th grade, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school. The SRTS program is based on the principles of the 6-E’s: Engineering, Encouragement, Education, Enforcement, Evaluation, and Equity. The program facilitates the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution. The program also will play a role in reversing the alarming nationwide trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity. SRTS funds are limited to children K-8 and to projects located within two miles of a school.
The East Central Wisconsin Regional SRTS Program focuses on empowering local communities and school districts with the resources and knowledge needed to implement SRTS activities. By working to make it safer and more appealing for students (grades K–8) to walk and bike to school, the Regional SRTS Program is continually making strides to improve childhood health, reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and create more livable communities.
Participating schools are required to put together, with the assistance of East Central staff, a local SRTS plan that includes the following: student and parent surveys; bike and walk audits; and school specific recommendations.
Regional SRTS activities include, but are not limited to the following:
For more information on the East Central Wisconsin Regional Safe Routes to School program, please visit http://eastcentralsrts.org.