Active Living

Safe Routes to School

 
In 1969, 50 percent of all children walked to school; today, only 15 percent of America's children walk or bike to school. Successful Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs have been able to increase walking to school by more than 50 percent and bicycling by more than 25 percent.
 
The Healthy Works SRTS project encourages and supports comprehensive SRTS planning, programs and coordination that actively engage local schools, cities, residents, families and other stakeholders in improving routes to school and increasing the number of kids that walk or bike to school. 
 
Starting in 2010, Healthy Works funded the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to implement several efforts aimed at increasing region-wide coordination and support of SRTS efforts and at implementing critically needed SRTS improvements and programs in local communities. As a result, SANDAG: 
 
  • Developed a region-wide SRTS Strategic Plan
  • Developed a strategy for how the SRTS Strategic Plan can be implemented and funded
  • Awarded 12 SRTS grants to local communities to conduct SRTS capacity building and planning and to implement comprehensive SRTS education, encouragement and enforcement programs 
 
To learn more about SANDAG's SRTS efforts supported by Healthy Works, visit the SANDAG Healthy Works information page or contact Hugo Salgado.

 

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