Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are federal-funded, sustained efforts by community members and governments to enable and encourage children to safely walk, roll, or bicycle to school. Federal funds allocated to this program are reimbursable and available for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects that benefit elementary and middle school children in grades K-8.
The upcoming application cycle is from April 16, 2018 to May 16, 2018.
The Purpose of Safe Routes to School Projects is:
On July 6, 2012 MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act) was signed into law. This Act established the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The U.S. Congress has since passed a new transportation law called the FAST
Act in December 2015, which provides five years of additional funding to the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP). The updated policy supports walking, bicycling, and rolling projects and programs such as Safe Routes to School.
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program is a federal-funded, reimbursement program administered by the State Highway Administration. Eligible sponsors may apply for funding to support infrastructure and non-infrastructure activities that enable and encourage children to safely walk, bicycle or roll to school. Federal funds allocated to this program must benefit elementary and middle school children in grades K-8 and are required to have a 20% cash match contribution. Please work with your school, community, county and other public or private partners to develop a project today!
Education: educating students, parents and neighbors of safe practices. This includes being aware of each other (neighbor/student, parent/student and neighbor/parent) and adding simple techniques to ensure the safety of those involved.
Encouragement: encouraging the students, neighbors and parents to embrace the idea of SRTS. Provide incentives for students walking, rolling, or biking to school. Host events such as a walking school bus, walking Wednesdays, walking/wheeling Wednesdays bicycle rodeos and bicycle trains. Other encouragement opportunities include events hosted by after school clubs and organizations.
Enforcement: monitoring the areas immediately around the school(s) by issuing tickets and warnings for those who act against the law. In addition students, parents, community members and crossing guards are provided with an opportunity to enforce the safety. Law enforcement will monitor volunteers and the wider scope of the schools’ premises.
Engineering: making changes to floating and semi-permanent elements like signage, outdoor furniture, crossing areas, sidewalks, curbs and ramps. These changes will slow down traffic, add a safe place for pedestrians and bikers to travel and provide more accessibility for students to get to school.
Evaluation: observing the area to note the existing conditions. Are the sidewalks in good shape? Are the crosswalks visible? Is there a bike lane? Paying attention to where drop-off/pick-up happens. Is it organized? Is it safe? What is the distance between the drop-off spot and the school's entrance? Watching where students travel. Are they biking, rolling, or walking? Is there a path for them to walk, roll, or bike? Monitoring traffic patterns. How much traffic is there? How fast are the drivers going? Are they driving safely? Are they stopping at Stop signs? Note these observations whether they are in good condition or not. What needs improvement? What is working well?
The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) program provides 80% federal funds towards the projects total eligible cost, while project sponsors will have to provide a minimum of 20% non-federal transportation cash match as stated in the federal requirements. There is currently no minimum or maximum dollar amount for a request. Potential sponsors should consider the administrative time needed to accommodate the federal requirements for procuring services, design approvals and construction when applying.
Every project is required to have a sponsor or co-sponsor that is a Government Entity.
Section 3 of the following link can be used to access Federal Highway Administration program guidance for example eligible project types.
The Current Participant links below provide program sponsors with forms, guides and tools needed when implementing a Safe Routes to School Project.
The forms included in this section are required for current participants to fill out. Please choose the needed form from the below list.
The following Guides can be used while the project is underway.
Everyone is a Pedestrian:
Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum:
Safe Walking Tips:
Pedestrian Safer Journey:
Students age 5-18:
Otto the Auto:
The Walking School Bus Program: A Primer and First Steps:
Prevent Pedestrian Crashes: Parents and Caregivers of Elementary School Children:
A Kids guide to Safe Walking:
Pedestrians Make Safe Choices:
Get to School (And Back Again) Safety Game:
Paul's A-Maze-ing Trip:
Organizing a Walk to School Day Event:
Organizing a Walking School Bus:
Walk to School Day Information for Parents:
Safe Bicycling Tips:
Safety in Numbers:
Cycling Skills Clinic:
An Organizers Guide to Bicycle Rodeos:
Ideas to Promote Bike Safety:
Bikeology Curriculum and Parent Guide:
Be a “Roll Model”: Wear a Helmet:
Bike Safety Tips for Youth:
Safety & Educational Games:
Students age 5 – 18:
Organizing a Bike to School Day Event:
Organizing a Bicycle Rodeo:
Bike Trains and Implementation:
Bicycle Safety Activity Kit:
Bicyclists Make Safe Choices:
Bike Riding Dangers:
Sara and Her Bike:
Child Helmet Use – Promise Card:
ABC Quick Check:
On Top of My Bicycle:
Who has the Right-of-Way?
Materials for Hispanic Pedestrians and Bicyclists:
Bikeability Checklist in Spanish:
Prevent Pedestrian Crashes: Parents and Caregivers of Elementary School Children (Spanish):
Prevent Pedestrian Crashes: Parents and Caregivers of Elementary School Children (Arabic):
Asian Languages Pedestrian Safety Information (Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese):
Teaching Children to Walk Safely as They Grow and Develop- A guide for parents and caregivers:
Safe Routes to School for Parents:
Personal Security and Safe Routes to School:
Know the Rules...For Going To and From School More Safely:
Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists:
Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System:
Bicycle Safety Countermeasure Selection System:
How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan:
Proven Countermeasures for Pedestrian Safety:
How to Plan a Walk to School Day Event:
Building a SRTS Bike Brigade:
Link to OHD book of standards (for infrastructure projects)
Standard specifications for construction and materials:
Link to Bicycle & shared use path guidelines
Link to Accessibility Policy & Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities along State Highways
Steps to a Walkable Community:
Guidance for Local Public Agencies and Sub-Recipients of Federal Funds (list of link titles, web address and description.)
National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
Ms. Christy Bernal
Transportation Alternatives Program Manager
Regional and Intermodal Planning Division
State Highway Administration
Mail Stop C-502
707 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore MD 21202
707 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3601
Main Business Line – 410-545-0300
Safety Campaigns – 1-800-323-6742
For emergencies, call MDOT SHA's Statewide Operations Center at 410-582-5650.
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