SR2S_ShieldPath - smallStarted in 2013, the Fairview Park Safe Routes to School program is a partnership of the City of Fairview Park, Fairview Park City Schools, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, community organizations, local businesses, and residents working to improve the health and well-being of our students by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.

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.

Please weigh your options and make the educated choice you believe is best for your children or child. If you have a question or concern don’t hesitate to call the Fairview Park Police Department.

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