The Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) is designed to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative; and to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.
The Safe Routes to School Program is a Federal-Aid program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The Program was created by Section 1404 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users Act (SAFETEA-LU).
The national SRTS program is federally funded, but managed and administered by each State Department of Transportation. The Program makes funding available for a wide variety of programs and projects, from building safer street crossings to establishing programs that encourage children and their parents to walk and bicycle safely to school.
Today, less than fifteen percent of children walk or bicycle to school. The sharp decline in walking and bicycling has had a negative impact on traffic congestion, air quality and student safety around schools. SRTS addresses these concerns and provides resources to establish a program in your community.
Information on the Kentucky SRTS program can be found in the KY SRTS Program Guidelines document. These guidelines include information on eligibility, applying for funding, and how funded projects are administered.
Study Identifies Four Key Strategies of Successful Safe Routes to School Programs: National Center for Safe Routes to School Releases New Travel Mode Report (January 24, 2012)
Governor Beshear Announces Funding for Safe Routes to School (January 4, 2012)