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

Communities

Increased community involvement is a key goal and at the heart of any successful Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. Bringing together the right people is the first step in creating a SRTS program.

Different communities will find different organizations and individuals ready to be involved. This list is not exhaustive, but is intended to provide ideas for the creation of a well-rounded group that represents a wide range of interests and expertise that are related to SRTS.

School:

  • Principal and other administrators.
  • Parents and students.
  • Teachers (physical education or health teachers are a good place to start).
  • PTA/PTO representative.
  • School nurse.
  • School district transportation director.
  • School improvement team or site council member.
  • Adult school crossing guards.

Community:

  • Community members.
  • Neighborhood or community association members.
  • Local businesses.
  • Local pedestrian, bicycle and safety advocates.

Local Government

  • Mayor's office or council member.
  • Transportation or traffic engineer.
  • Local planner.
  • Public health professional.
  • Public works representative.
  • Law enforcement officer.
  • State or local pedestrian and bicycle coordinator.

Communities have begun to work together to address barriers to walking and bicycling to school. Promising examples from around the country illustrate the power of collaboration and the positive results communities can achieve.