Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained, collaborative efforts designed to examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities that work to improve safety and accessibility while reducing traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. These programs help make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing transportation choices, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age. The most successful SRTS programs incorporate the Five E’s: education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, and evaluation.
The Fairview Park Safe Routes to School Committee completed a School Travel Plan for the Fairview Park community in January 2014. That planning document formalizes the committee’s strategy for accomplishing its objectives. Efforts to implement that strategic plan are currently underway.
What is the Safest Route to School?
A common question the Safe Routes to School Committee receives is what is the safer route for students walking or biking to school – main streets or side streets?
If your children are walking in a group and traffic congestion is a concern, then we would encourage taking side streets. If a child is walking alone, we would encourage walking on main streets until the child is close to his or her destination. Emphasize to your children to be aware of their surroundings and stay on public sidewalks. Discourage shortcuts like isolated parking lots and pathways. Tell them about the designated Safe Spots in the area. The Safe Spots are for people who need a safe haven for any reason.
In the News
- September 3, 2015: “Stickers identify safe spots for kids” – Kevin Kelley, West Life News
- September 16, 2014: “Work on Safe Routes projects to start next summer” – Kevin Kelley, West Life News
- August 13, 2014: “Fairview Park receives Safe Routes to School funds” – Debora Lee, News Channel 5
- May 22, 2014: “A sea of colors seen at the Fairview Park Bike to School Day 2014 bike parade Tuesday” – Beth Kelly, Sun News
- May 17, 2014: “Rainy forecasts delay bike parade” – Kevin Kelley, West Life News
- May 14, 2014: “It rained on the Fairview Park Bike To School Parade twice, but did not dampen students’ spirits!” – Beth Kelly, Sun News
- February 21, 2014: “Safe Routes application seeks $448k in infrastructure improvements” – Kevin Kelley, West Life News
- February 4, 2014: “Fairview committee to consider $448,000 Safe Routes grant application” – Beth Mlady, Sun News
- January 1, 2014: “Grant dollars sought to make walks to school safer” – Kevin Kelley, West Life News
- December 26, 2013: “Safe Routes to School process enters next phase in Fairview Park” – Beth Mlady, Sun News
- September 18, 2013: “Deadline nears for parent input to Fairview Safe Routes to School plan” – Beth Mlady, Sun News