Safe Routes to School
What is Safe Routes to School?
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program that encourages increased physical activity through walking and bicycling. The Seattle Department of Transportation has supported this effort by funding engineering improvements and encouragement campaigns at more than 30 local schools.
Why Have a SRTS program?
A SRTS program has numerous benefits. It promotes physical activity while simultaneously decreasing traffic congestion. More walkers mean fewer cars during school arrival and departure. Best of all, a recent study shows that children who walk or bike to school concentrate better during class!
How Do I Begin?
Start small! Pick a day to walk or bike with your children to school. If you live too far, try walking part of the distance. Enjoy being outside, stress free! Better yet, meet up with other students and “carpool” on foot or bike. A group of walkers is called a Walking School Bus, and a group of bikers is called a Bike Train. You can make this a weekly tradition, meeting up for snacks before the trip.
What’s a Walking School Bus?
A group of children walking to school, usually with one or more adults, picking up students along the way.
What’s a Bike Train?
A Walking School Bus on wheels. Don’t forget your helmets!
We’re here to help!
SDOT provides the following services to support these goals:
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Mayor McGinn is joined by SDOT’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator Brian Dougherty on International Walk to School Day, 2012. After celebrating the completion of a new school crosswalk, the Mayor leads students, parents and neighbors on a memorable walk to Highland Park Elementary School.”
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