"An hour a day of walking can help prevent childhood obesity"
Scott Gee, MD

About Us

For many of us, walking or bicycling to school was a normal routine. Schools were located in the center of the neighborhood, and gridded streets lined with sidewalks allowed for safe pedestrian use. Now, what was once a part of our culture is becoming increasingly rare. Lines of bikes parked on a rack outside the school have been replaced with lines of cars waiting to drop off children.

The decline in walking and bicycling has had the following adverse effects:

  • traffic congestion and air quality around schools
  • pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • a sedentary lifestyle that may result in childhood obesity

The purpose of the Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program is to address these issues head on. At its heart, the SRTS Program empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity once again. The Program makes funding available for a wide variety of programs and projects, from building safer street crossings to establishing programs that encourage children and their parents to walk and bicycle safely to school.

This website provides an overview of the Program, as well as specific Program Guidance to concerned parents and school administrators.