Safe Routes to School (SRTS) 

is a K-8 grade federally funded program with two simple goals:

 

Where it is safe; get kids walking and bicycling.

Where it is not safe; make it safe.

 


Program Features

Walking School Bus

The cornerstone of most SRTS programs is the Walking School Bus, a group of chaperoned students who walk to school together. Chaperones are usually parents or teachers. Walking school buses create excitement about walking to school, provide “safety in numbers”, offer an opportunity to teach children to be aware of traffic and learn how to walk and cross safely. Walking school buses can be held every day, weekly, once a month, once a year, or at anytime that is appropriate for your school.

Frequent Walker Programs

Many schools motivate students to walk/bike to school with “frequent walker/bicyclist” programs. Students track how many days that they have walked or bicycled to school to participate. HART can assist your school to develop a customized program.

Safety Presentations

HART staff is available to make safety presentations to students on a variety of bicycle, scooter and pedestrian safety topics. Our goal is to interactively teach students the importance of safety and demonstrate that learning can be fun!

Curriculum Integration

There are many ways to incorporate walking and bicycling into existing curriculum. Science and math classes are particularly suited to measuring the impact of more students walking/bicycling, tracking the number of steps that students are walking, etc. HART can provide curriculum assistance.

Walkability/Bikeability Audits

How “walkable” or “bikeable” is your community? Using easy to follow checklists, HART can help you to identify opportunities and challenges to your Safe Routes to School Program. Audits make a great project for student groups, PTA, or other community group.

Safe Routes
To School

For more information about Safe Routes to School contact
Ryan Fisher
(908) 788-5553 ext.15


Grant Assistance

Funding for federal Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Grant projects is administered by the NJ Department of Transportation Office of Local Aid.
state website

Infrastructure projects include the planning, design, and construction or installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, signals, traffic-calming, and bicycle facilities. County and municipal governments, school districts, schools, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply to the program.

The federal-aid provides federal-aid highway funds to State Departments of Transportation. The main objectives of the program are:

  • to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, 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; and,
  • 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 of schools.

HART is available to assist applicants with submissions. Contact Tara Shepherd, executive director, tara@harttma.com