Safe Routes to School programs find support from many different partners. Creative solutions to keeping your efforts moving forward can come from a variety of sources. Building strong relationships with key community partners and leaders and institutionalizing your work into community and school policies and processes is key to sustaining increases in bicycling and walking.
Although not focused exclusively on the active travel needs of students, many advocates, and non-profit organizations work for more walkable and bikeable communities or Complete Streets. For more information on these programs, visit the sites below:
Visit these websites for more information on how to seek funding, pass policies and processes, and build support for a sustained program.
Pass Policies that Support SRTS
- California School Boards Association, Sample Policies: SRTS Program
- National Center for SRTS, Archived Webinar: School Bicycle and Walking Policies
- SRTS National Partnership, School Wellness Policies
- School Bicycling and Walking Policies, Addressing Policies that Hinder and Implementing Policies that Help, SRTS National Partnership
- National Complete Streets Coalition, Complete Streets Policies
- Let’s Move Cities & Towns
- SRTS National Partnership, Getting Students Active through Safe Routes to School: Policies and Action Steps for Education Policymakers and Professionals
- Rails to Trails Conservancy, Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers: Walking and Bicycling in Small Towns and Rural America
- Action Strategies Toolkit [PDF]: Provides policy options and the latest research to support active living, including active transportation, Leadership for Healthy Communities
- Using Local Land Use Laws to Facilitate Physical Activity [PDF], Bridging the Gap
Integrate SRTS into the Classroom
By creating strong partnerships with and motivating school staff, you can help institutionalize pedestrian and bicycle education and encouragement into their ongoing curriculum. Visit our Educate Children and Parents Page for ideas!