SRTS programs can improve safety, not just for children, but for the entire community. It provides opportunities for people to increase their physical activity and improve their health. It reduces congestion and pollution around our schools and encourages partnerships.
According to the SRTS website, in 1969 about half of all schoolchildren walked or biked to school; today, 90% are driven by auto or bus. Accordingly, today's childhood obesity rates are much higher than they were fifty years ago. The SRTS program is available to help schools and communities in a variety of ways, whether it be to paint crosswalks, hire crossing guards, provide educational programs, or set up groups known as "walking school buses," where large groups of students walk together.
If your school or community is considering partnering in the SRTS program, or you just want to provide education on safe walking and biking, our library has some helpful resources, including
- Adult School Crossing Guard Guidelines
- Bicycle Safety Lesson Plans, 3rd through 6th Grade
- Bicycling and Walking in Colorado
- Colorado Bicycling Manual
- Colorado Guide for the Development of Local and Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans
- Colorado Safe Routes to School Community Coalition Building Toolkit
- Core Subject Lesson Plans, Kindergarten through 8th Grade
- Implementation of the Safe Routes to School Program
- Marked Crosswalks
- Pedestrian Safety [lesson plans]: Kindergarten through 3rd Grade