Safe Routes to School
Walking or bicycling to school may have been common amongst school children decades ago, but now the majority of children arrive to school in automobiles. Studies have shown that the rise in the national obesity rate is largely dependant upon the mode of travel 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 FHMPO we strive to work alongside local partners in order to create a safe and efficient commute to school.
In Our Region
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.