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

The Five E's: The Basic Elements of Safe Routes to School

The 5 E's

Communities throughout Texas may use many different approaches to make it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school and to increase the number of children doing so. Safe Routes to School programs use a combination of what we refer to as the five E's to help achieve their goals. Click on each of the following E's to find out more information.

Because the needs of every community will be unique, each community or individual school may choose to emphasize different components to make its program work. Some schools have built sidewalks or painted crosswalks to enhance safety, while others have started Frequent Walker Clubs to motivate children to be active. Regardless of the focus, safety is always the first concern.