Minnesota Safe Routes to School

Updated:Jul 8,2014

Safe Routes to School ImageWelcome 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.

Why is Safe Routes to School Important: Video Testimonials:

Latest Media:

Rep. Hortman       


Morning News anchors talk walking and safe routes        

Minnesota News Connection radio:
National Walking Day and Safe Routes to School       

Webinar: "Media Advocacy 101," June 2014
In June, we held an Media Advocacy 101 webinar so advocates could learn more about how to use their voice in the media to influence heart-health policy changes.  The presentation covers the do’s and don’ts of working with the media, how to write a letter to the editor and some social media basics. 
Hear a recording of this webinar  Windows Media Audio/Video File  

View the Media Advocacy 101 Webinar slide presentation PDF

Webinar: "Active Transportation 101," March 2014

In March, we held an Active Transportation 101 webinar so advocates could learn more about Active Transportation policy in Minnesota.  The presentation covers how active transportation policy fits into the state’s transportation system.  You will hear about the key stakeholders, the legal framework and funding that can support bike/ped and non-motorized transportation.
Hear a recording of this webinar  Windows Media Audio/Video File   

View the Active Transportation 101 Webinar slide presentation PDF

Webinar: "Safe Routes to School in Minnesota: Strategies to Get Kids Walking and Biking,"  February 2014 

In February, we held a Safe Routes to School webinar so advocates could learn more about SRTS in Minnesota and how to actively engage in getting our kids to walk and bike more frequently.  
Hear a recording of this webinar  Windows Media Audio/Video File    

View the SRTS Webinar slide presentation PDF

If you have questions or would like to get involved in this campaign, please contact Anne Simaytis at anne.simaytis@heart.org.

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

MN Safe Routes To School PSAMinnesota 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!

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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.