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SRTS Background Information
The Safe Routes to School Program is a national program that is sustained on the local level by parents like you, schools, community leaders and local, state and federal governments.
The Goal: Create an environment, culture, and safety skills to enable children to walk and bike to school; thus improving the health and well-being of children.
Other programs exist in the Central Florida area, perhaps even at your school, that are based on the Safe Routes to School mission. Some of these include: Walk n’ Roll, Walking School Bus, and Walk Safe.
GET INVOLVED - Through your PTA, bring together parents and partners within the community, attend public meetings or simply walk or ride with your child or a group of children to school on a regular basis.
BE SAFE - Be safe as a driver, pedestrian and bicyclist. Instill these lifelong lessons in your kids and all students. Tools have been developed across the nation and within our own community to help teach families, schools, communities, and children the basics of bike, pedestrian, and driver safety. Pass the lessons on!
GET ACTIVE – Obesity, especially childhood obesity, associated health impacts, cost of health care, and inactivity are all on the rise. Make a difference by doing one simple and easy activity, walk or ride to school! Rushing out the door to work in the morning? Consider a walking school bus or bicycle train to give your child time to walk with group of friends and an adult to school.
Funding for non-infrastructure and infrastructure programs and projects is available through a variety of sources. Non-infrastructure grants are used for starting or sustaining a program, conduct activities to improve safe walking and biking conditions, incentives, safety programs, and more. Infrastructure grants are used to construct pedestrian facilities such as sidewalks, trails, speed reduction improvements, and bike parking facilities. Florida has received over $58 million in total Safe Routes to School Funding. As an example of non infrastructure grant utilization the SRTS Grant Map Template was created with assistance from the Florida SRTS program to help with your grant application.
Learn more about funding here.
Mini-grants: Learn about the National Center’s $1,000 mini-grant program, a competitive program that supports creative walking and bicycling to school programs. The Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program provides funds annually, through the mini-grant program, to help school districts establish, maintain or enhance their traffic safety education programs.
Local funding: Identify existing funds that are currently targeted to transportation, safety or health issues - like Capital Improvement Projects and operating budgets.
Private funding: Target community partners, foundations, individuals and other private organizations.
Federal funding 101: Learn about Federal-aid highway apportionment, state apportionment, and basic federal financing process and terms.
Whether you want to start a program, get policies passed, get the community involved, or simply encourage your child to walk or ride to school, this is a great place to start your journey. The links below offer a wealth of information to help you along your way. You may also want to check out the Community Involvement Page . Don’t forget you may contact us or the District 5 Bike Ped Coordinator for additional information or resources.
Be safe as a driver, pedestrian and bicyclist. Instill these lifelong lessons in your kids and all students. Tools have been developed across the nation and within our own community to help teach families, schools, communities, and children the basics of bike, pedestrian, and driver safety. Pass the lessons on!
Walking and biking to school puts physical activity into everyday routines and builds healthy habits that will last a lifetime. While the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children and adolescents get one hour or more of physical activity each day, 23% of children get no free time physical activity and over 33% of children and adolescents are overweight, obese or in risk of becoming so. Safe Routes to School is a great way to incorporate this activity and time with your kids into your day. Healthy bodies = Healthy Brains!! Let’s get healthy and active.One Hour A Day!!!
Get some more green in your pocket as well as improve the environment. Walking or riding bikes to school keeps down car emissions, uses less fossil fuels, is renewable energy, costs less than driving, and cuts down on traffic congestion. Check out the Cost Benefit Calculator and the resources below to see what impact you can make.