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Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a program that aspires to provide quality education and infrastructure so that students may start their day by actively walking or bicycling to school. In order to create a successful SRTS program, collaboration amongst schools, teachers, parents, community leaders, and local governments is vital. At the MPO we strive to work alongside local partners in order to create a safe and efficient commute to school.


Click on one of the boxes below to learn more about SRTS efforts in that community. 

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 Each SRTS Plan the MPO develops address the 6Es, reflected in the image above. 

quick facts

  • In 1969, 48% of children walked or biked to school. Today, only 13% walk or bike to school. 

  • The Kansas Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program was first initiated in 2006. 

  • The five essential components of every SRTS plan are referred to as the 5 E's: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering and Enforcement. 

  • Since SRTS program was initiated there have been 44% less injuries.

  • Because of SRTS programs, programs such as The Walking School Bus have soared in popularity.

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