Create a Plan

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SRTS funding is competitive, so it’s critical to build a strong case to support your school or community’s need for SRTS funding. Data can be a very convincing way to demonstrate the need of your school/school district.

Visit the Gather Data page to find potential data sources for your SRTS planning.

Develop a School Travel Plan

School Travel Plans (STPs) can be developed for a school, school district, city, county, or region. Coordinated STPs can help ensure SRTS projects address schools with the highest needs. Organizations and agencies are encouraged to develop School Travel Plans to help prioritize the selection of highest need schools when applying for funding.

A school travel plan is a written document that outlines a school community’s intentions for making travel to and from school more safe and sustainable. An established plan can be an important tool in improving student and community health, safety, traffic congestion and air quality. This can be accomplished by reducing individual car trips, increasing walking and bicycling, and by making the walking and bicycling environment safer. A plan should be created through a team-based process that identifies the barriers to active transportation and formulates a set of solutions to address them. Ideally, a school travel plan is developed in consultation with the whole school community, and can be one of the first steps in preparing schools to make important changes in their travel environments. Plans may address the needs of a single school or several schools in a district or community. A consistently updated plan can serve as a repository of information to use when applying for Safe Routes to School or other sources of pedestrian and bicycle program funding.

For more information on developing a school travel plan, check out these websites:

Sustrans

Illinois Department of Transportation

New Jersey SRTS Travel Plan Guide

Develop a SRTS Plan

According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, “the SRTS plan does not need to be lengthy, but should include encouragement, enforcement, education, and engineering strategies; a time schedule for each part of these strategies; a map of the area covered by the plan; and an explanation of how the program will be evaluated. Strategies that can be implemented early will help the group feel successful and can build momentum and support for long-term activities. Be sure to include fun activities; that is what encouragement is all about.”

Examples of SRTS plans are available at the following website:

Solano County, including City-wide and School SRTS Plans