Educational programs are a key component to increasing the numbers of students walking and bicycling to school. Educational programs are geared to teach children and parents how to safely travel by foot or on a bicycle; driver safety; and the benefits and goals of SRTS. Education is closely linked to encouragement strategies to reinforce safety messages.
Activities and events that promote bicycling and walking to school will enable and encourage more children and parents to do so.
A partnership with local law enforcement is crucial where enforcement is needed. Law enforcement professionals ensure that traffic laws, especially speeding and yielding to pedestrians, are obeyed near schools. Law enforcement can also work with schools to educate the public through safety awareness and crosswalk enforcement campaigns.
This strategy focuses on increased operational and physical improvements around a school to reduce vehicle speeds; improve safety and accessibility; and reduce bicycle, pedestrian and vehicle conflicts. Improvements can include the following: crossings, sidewalks, walkways, trails, bicycle parking and traffic calming devices (e.g. cub extensions, bicycle facilities, etc.).
Periodically evaluating SRTS strategies are key to making sure the programs are working to improve safety and encourage more walking and bicycling.
Ensuring that Safe Routes to School initiatives are benefiting all demographic groups, with particular attention to ensuring safe, healthy, and fair outcomes for students with disabilities, low-income students, Native American students, students of color, female students, LGBTQ students, students whose families speak a language other than English, homeless students, and other demographic groups.