Safe Routes to School Programs

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders, public health, and metropolitian planning organizations to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.

Successful SRTS programs include policy development, planning, and implementation of the 6 E’s







The 6 E’s would include things like:

  • Walkability and bikeability audits on safe routes
  • Strategies to improve sidewalk conditions on identified safe routes
  • Traffic calming devices to slow traffic and give pedestrians priority
  • Educating children on walking and bicycling safety
  • Challenging students to walk and bike to school
  • Implementation of a walking school bus
  • Providing opportunities for all students to participate
  • Parent walking and biking surveys
  • Safety patrol and crossing guard programs
  • Student arrival and departure counts
  • Bike rodeos
  • Walk and bike to school days

Siouxland District Health Department and SIMPCO provide technical assistance to schools in Woodbury County who are interested in starting a SRTS program.  Contact Angela Drent at  for more information.

Everybody Walk! Video

Iowa Safe Routes to School

National Center for Safe Routes to School