The town of Bethel, CT, has built its three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school within the same educational complex. The Connecticut Department of Transportation awarded the town of Bethel with $250,000 in Safe Routes to School (SRTS) federal funds for infrastructure improvements, such as sidewalk installations, to increase the children’s safety when walking to school and to downtown Bethel.
Nine elementary and middle schools in Mansfield, OH, received funding for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects through the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). As a result, more than 1,000 students will benefit from sidewalk improvements and installations, as well as from various education and encouragement activities.
In September 2007, the Coconino County Health Department received $39,000 in Federal funding awarded through the Arizona Department of Transportation to jumpstart its Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The program, titled “Walk. Bike. Get Fit,” began at Kinsey Elementary School, considered one of the most challenging to access by walking or bicycling.
Flippin, AR, is a rural town that is home to Flippin Elementary School, Flippin Middle School and Flippin High School. All of these schools are on the same campus, and approximately 100 of the 920 students regularly walk to school, despite the limited sidewalks around the school and the highway bordering part of campus.
Making good judgments about whether crossing railroad tracks is safe or legal for school children in an area must be made on a case-by-case basis. Nonetheless, when thinking about crossing railroad tracks, there are some useful guiding principles. To determe whether crossing railroad tracks in your community is appropriate for elementary school children, it is worth considering the following: