Safe Routes to School Network Project
Who We Are
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. The SRTS movement in the United States includes several national partners including the Federal Highway Administration, State Departments of Transportation, the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
In January of 2007, the SRTS National Partnership initiated the State Network Project in nine states and the District of Columbia. For 2010 and 2011, the project has been funded in the District of Columbia and nineteen states: California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides funding for 15 states and Kaiser Permanente provides funding for another 5 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provided financial support for the project.
The Florida and Georgia Network Projects, along with the Georgia Regional Network, are managed by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors.
What We Do
The State Network Project creates state networks that bring together advocacy groups, government agencies and other leaders to ensure that the SRTS federal program succeeds and to leverage additional resources, remove barriers to walking and bicycling to schools, and to create an institutional framework for generating long-term policy changes.
How to Join your Network Project
The specific policy efforts of the Florida and Georgia Networks will be developed and achieved by working collaboratively with partner organizations and agencies. We invite government agencies, policy makers and non-profits working on health, equity, transportation, youth, environmental and smart growth issues to join us. Click on the state link above to contact your Network Organizer or on the link below for additional information on the NACDD SRTS Network Projects.