Safe Routes to School
The Bikes Belong Foundation is the host of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, which launched in August 2005 after Congress authorized $612 million for the first national Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.
SRTS is an international movement designed to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to walk and bicycle to school. This movement is helping address critical issues related to children’s health, traffic congestion, public safety, and the environment.
We support this important effort
Bikes Belong provides financial and administrative support for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a growing network of more than 500 nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and professionals that is leading national efforts to promote safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in everyday life, to improve the health and well-being of America's children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.
The Partnership sets goals, shares best practices, secures project funding, provides technical assistance, and offers policy input to agencies that are implementing SRTS programs.
Safe Routes to School State Network Project
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership announced an expansion of the State Network Project to 19 states and the District of Columbia beginning in January 2010. The project, which was first launched in 2007, brings together state leaders to remove barriers to walking and bicycling to and from school.
The State Networks are working to increase physical activity among all students, ensure that federal SRTS funds are spent on quality projects, work to leverage additional state resources for SRTS initiatives, and advocate to remove barriers to walking and bicycling to schools through policy initiatives. At the heart of the State Network effort is policy change—specifically working to remove policy barriers to walking and bicycling to schools by implementing complete streets, changing statewide school siting and other policies, and by implementing legislation that would result in funding or policy changes.
Learn more by visiting the Safe Routes to School National Partnership website.