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Safe Routes to School

According to national travel surveys, the percentage of children walking and bicycling to school had decreased from 48 percent in 1969 to 13 percent by 2009. In addition to impacting congestion and safety around schools, studies show that mode of travel to school is a major factor in the unprecedented rise in the national childhood obesity rate.

Safe Routes to School is a nationwide initiative established in 2005, focused on encouraging and enabling more children to safely walk and bicycle to school, thereby improving student health and traffic congestion around schools.

 

Ready to start a Safe Routes to School Program? Check out our brochure here.

Safe Routes to School Brochure
Safe Routes to School Spanish brochure

Safe Routes to School in the Dallas-Fort Worth Region

Funding: Transportation Alternatives Program

Under the current federal transportation bill, the
FAST Act, Safe Routes to School infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects are eligible to complete

for federal funding under the Transportation
Alternatives Set-Aside Program (known as the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) under
the previous federal bill, MAP-21).

   On October 9, 2014, 13 Safe Routes to School
   TAP projects were funded by the Regional
   Transportation Council for approximately $4.8
   million. Together, these projects will improve
   safety and access around 32 schools, and the
   safety and health of thousands of children in the
   Dallas- Fort Worth Metropolitan Area.

Education: Look Out Texans  Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign

As part of the regional bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign—Look Out Texans—curriculum was developed to educate elementary and middle school-aged students about walking and bicycling safety.

  The “School Kits” were created with input from
   North Texas educators, and were designed to
   support the Texas Essential Knowledge and
   Skills (TEKS) standards for physical and health
   education.

 

 

Parent Tips for Modeling Safe Walking, Bicycling and Driving Behaviors:

 

 

Look Out Texans Safety Tips
School Zone Safety Tips

 

For additional resources related to Safe Routes to School and walking and bicycling to school, click here.

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