Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program to create safe, accessible, and fun opportunities for children to walk or bike to school. With the assistance of school officials, parents, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments, the program aims to improve health, safety, and transportation.
Safe Routes to Schools includes the observation and documentation of existing conditions around the school that help to create an action plan detailing short- and long-term projects. These projects aim to empower children to walk and bike to school in a safe environment. Benefits of SRTS plans include reduced traffic congestion around schools and opportunities to teach children both pedestrian and bicyclist skills.
West Central Initiative is contracted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to assist communities in the planning and also provides technical assistance for SRTS programs in the region. Community and school leaders are welcome to inquire about the program at any time.