The Safe Routes to Schools Program (SRTS) was established in August 2005 as part of the Federal Highway Transportation Bill and is intended to benefit children in elementary and middle schools (K-8). The SRTS program at its heart is about kids walking and biking to school, and making it a safe and routine activity once again.
The SRTS Program provides funds to substantially improve the ability of elementary and middle school students to walk and bicycle to school safely.
- To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school
- To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation
alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age
- To facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic,fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity (approximately 2 miles) of elementary and middle schools (Grades K-8).
These stated purposes describe the overall intent of the SRTS Program. There are many possible outcomes of this far reaching program that addresses both infrastructure and noninfrastructure needs to achieve program goals.