Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School programs help community leaders, schools and parents enable their children and students to walk and bicycle to school in safe and encouraging environments. SRTS is a national initiative created through the efforts of US Congressman James Oberstar.

ABC developed several pilot programs in Gwinnett, Fulton, and Decatur in collaboration with the Metro Atlanta Safe Routes Network and authored the Georgia Safe Routes Guidebook under contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation.

ABC also created a set of guidelines for parents and volunteers to help them leading "bike trains" of children riding together to school: Guidelines for Bike Train Engineers and Cabooses.

Today, Georgia has a state resource center for schools interested in developing their own programs.

Additional Resources:

  • Georgia Safe Routes to School Resource Center
    (from the website) "Funded by the Federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, Georgia's SRTS program is designed to encourage more kids to walk and bike to school safely. Program activities and funding is for projects with a 2-mile radius of primary and middle schools (grades K-8). Two types of services support the goals of making it safer for kids to walk and bike to school; and to encourage more kids to do so: Funding to local governments to improve the walking and bicycling conditions to schools; and support for school-based Safe Routes to School programs through partnerships with the Resource Center."
  • GDOT Safe Routes to School program
    Georgia’s federally funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program includes a State SRTS Coordinator (currently in the final stages of hiring a new coordinator), federal funding information, applications and guidelines, and program information.
  • Safe Routes Partnership
    (From the website) "Georgia is one of twenty jurisdictions participating in the SRTS National Partnership Network Project. This initiative creates state networks that bring together advocacy groups, government agencies, and other leaders."
  • The National Center for Safe Routes to School
    (from the website)"Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school. The Center strives to equip Safe Routes to School programs with the knowledge and technical information to implement safe and successful strategies."