What is Safe Routes to School?
Safe Routes to School is dedicated to improving bicycle and walking paths for kids. This makes being in the great outdoors not only fun, but safe too!
Safe Routes to School doesn’t just benefit your kids. Parents save money by driving less. On average, using a car costs: $683 per year for Finance Charges $687 per year for License, Taxes and Registration $792 per year for Maintenance $1,222 per year for Insurance $1,268 per year for Fuel By participating in Safe Routes to School, parents save on maintenance and fuel costs.
Create Your Own Success Story
Charlottesville, VA can be the next Farmington. Here’s what you can do to get involved: Bring together the right people. Find out who else is interested. Look for existing groups that are focused on children’s safety such as the PTA. Successful SRTS programs are also happy to share their stories and help you through the process—just ask! 2. Hold a kick-off meeting to create a vision and figure out what steps to take next. Ask community members what they want from the program and discuss what to do next. This might mean delegating tasks to groups of people, so anybody can help! 3. Gather data and identify issues. Figure out the current conditions of walking and biking paths, the state of traffic, and car speeds. Find out how many children already walk or bike to school and parent’s attitudes. Remember, a little education about your end goal can go a long way! 4. Identify solutions. Prioritize your ideas! What can be achieved next, and which methods result in maximum safety? 5. Make a plan. Encourage, educate, enforce, and engineer! Include fun activities to help the group enjoy themselves and feel successful. 6. Fund the plan. SRTS events tend to cost very little money, because not much is needed to walk and bike! If you need funding, check out state SRTS programs, federal programs, physical activity funds, and philanthropy organizations. 7. Act! Carry out the plan after your hard work! 8. Evaluate, improve, and move forward. Monitor and assess the program as it happens. Where can you improve? Can you change local policy or create a permanent committee? Making adjustments and encouraging participants will ensure that your movement keeps rolling. 1.
Safe Routes to School makes your land worth more. Homebuyers pay more when it is possible to walk or bike to and from houses. By improving your walking and biking paths, Safe Routes to School increases your property value!
Parents drive safely! Do not block pedestrian crosswalks. Give kids room to walk!
Resources www.saferoutesinfo.org http://exchange.aaa.com/automobiles-travel/automobiles/driving-costs/#.WJOT-PkrKCg http://community-wealth.org/content/walking-walk-how-walkability-raises-home-values-us-cities http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/introduction/promising_examples_and_community_success_stories.cfm http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/steps/index.cfm http://guide.saferoutesinfo.org/education/key_messages_for_drivers_near_the_school.cfm
Farmington, NH was worried that it did not have safe sidewalks and crosswalks for the kids to safely bike and walk to school. Parents paired up with law enforcement and school officials to create a Safe Routes to School program. Now they have a “Tiger Trail”, a path of paw prints that leads children from their neighborhoods to schools. Grreat job, Farmington!
Kids ride safely! Always ride along a sidewalk or a path. These are for your use!