Welcome to the Minnesota Safe Routes to School Coalition website.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. The program has been designed to reverse the decline in children walking and bicycling to schools. Safe Routes to School can also play a critical role in reversing the alarming nationwide trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity.
2013 Legislative Session Wrap-Up
The Minnesota Safe Routes to School program was funded at $500,000 per biennium! This money is in the base funding for the Minnesota Department of Transportation. This is the first-ever commitment in the state transportation budget to ensure that our children are given the opportunity to safely walk and bike to school. This funding will help communities plan SRTS programs, provide training for staff and volunteers to support SRTS, and other non-infrastructure costs that are crucial to a successful SRTS program. This funding will be awarded on a competitive basis to schools across Minnesota. We will be back in 2014 asking the legislature to fund $6 million in infrastructure needed for SRTS such as, sidewalks, walk bridges, signal lights and improved crosswalks, through the bonding bill.
SRTS Minnesota Resolution
Minnesota Safe Routes to School Video!
“I tried to ride my bike to school but I didn’t feel safe,” said Patrick Sullivan, student at Mounds View High School.
Patrick and other advocates for Safe Routes to Schools articulate the need for state lawmakers to make the significant investment in safety and health of our children by funding the new Minnesota Safe Routes to School program.
Watch Patrick in this great video that details why Safe Routes to School in Minnesota is so important!
SRTS Coalition Facebook Page Please join us on Facebook—this is a great place for information sharing and opportunities to learn about updates on SRTS-related issues in Minnesota.
Questions: Please contact Rachel Callanan.