Survey of Walk to School event organizers points to growth of SRTS

The National Center has released the 2007 Walk to School Event Organizer Survey Findings and Recommendations. The report provides a brief background on Walk to School events in the U.S. and summarizes findings from a survey conducted of Walk to School event organizers. The report also contains recommended actions that would likely strengthen future events and increase capacity and demand for SRTS programs.Photo of Children

The survey, based on responses from 582 Walk to School event organizers, provides insight as to the growth of SRTS programs. A few highlights from the report include:

  • In 2007, 2,755 events were registered on the Walk to School web site (www.walktoschool.org), representing a sizable increase of 35% from 2006 (2,044 registered events).
  • Survey results show an increase in the proportion of schools currently implementing SRTS programs (27%) compared to 2006 (22%) or 2005 (17%).
  • There was also an increase in the proportion of schools that plan to begin a program in the next six months (14%) compared to 2006 and 2005 (9% each year).
  • At the same time, the 2007 survey results indicated a considerable decrease in the proportion of respondents that have not heard of SRTS programs (6%) compared to 2004 (34%), 2005 (34%) and 2006 (17%).
  • When given a list of potential motivators for holding an event and asked to pick the one primary motivator, the three most commonly selected responses (in order) were: (1) to promote physical activity and prevent obesity; (2) pedestrian safety; and (3) support for a SRTS Program.
  • 62% of respondents indicated that some type of environmental or policy change has occurred, or is planned, as a result of their Walk to School event. The most common environmental changes were: increased traffic enforcement near school and the addition of sidewalks, paths or crosswalks.

To read the full report, please visit www.saferoutesinfo.org/online_library/details.cfm?id=4133.