About Safe Routes to School

The National Center for Safe Routes to School Program was created for safety of students walking/biking to school – removing the safety barriers that prevent parents from allowing their children to walk/bike to school through the five “E’s”:


The subsequent benefits include:
Reduction of the amount of traffic around schools
Increased Physical Activity
Improved Air Quality

How the Safe Routes initiative began

On the International level:  The term “Safe Routes to School” was developed due to a very successful initiative in Denmark in the 1970’s to reduce the number of accidents while walking/biking to school. It spread internationally to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and finally the United States.

In the United States: The National Center for Safe Routes to School Program (NCSRTS) was launched in 1997 in the Bronx, NY.  The National Department of Transportation (DOT) funded two pilot programs in 1998 – Arlington, MA & Marin County, CA ($50K each).  Within the next year many more grassroots programs were launched all over the country.  In 2005, Congress officially established a National Safe Routes to School Program.  They authorized $612M to fund these programs from 2005-09.  Each state receives funds in the form of grants from the Federal Government. All 50 states and D.C. participate in the Safe Routes to School programs, benefiting children who live in urban, rural, and suburban communities. As of August 2012, the Federal Safe Routes to School Program has funded nearly $1.15 billion nationwide, benefiting more than 13,000 schools.

Furthermore, in July 2012, congress passed a new transportation bill called Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). Beginning in October 2012, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activities will be eligible to compete for funding alongside other programs, including the Transportation Enhancements program and Recreational Trails program, as part of a new program called Transportation Alternatives. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is charged with putting the legislation into practice, and it provides information about MAP-21 on its website.

In the City of Roseville:  Since 2006, the Safe Routes to School staff have been working with multiple schools in organizing Walk to School Days, Drop & Walk locations, Walking/Biking Clubs, Bike Rodeos, helmet safety courses, and much more. Any school in the City of Roseville can organize a Safe Routes to School Program.  For more information and links to programs please visit the Resources and Projects tabs.

National Links

National Center for Safe Routes to School
Walk to School 
Federal Highway Administration  
Safe Routes National Partnership -
Snell Memorial Foundation, Helmet Safety 
CA Department of Public Health 
CA Department of Transportation 
America Walks 
Megans Law - CA Registered Registered Sex Offenders  

Roseville Safe Routes to School In the News:

International Walk to School Day - Woodcreek News, October 2012

Roseville Kids take it to the streets - Roseville Press Tribune, October 3, 2012

Students get in step with 'Move It' campaign - Roseville Press Tribune, March 24, 2010

Walking to school - Roseville Press Tribune, March 19,2010