In 2005, Congress passed federal transportation legislation that established the national Safe Routes to School program.* Local, regional and national efforts to increase safe walking and bicycling for school children have burgeoned since that time. State programs are well underway and local programs are thriving. Today, a strong network of State Coordinators and local program leaders, an engaged group of advocates and an increasing body of knowledge on "what works," contribute to the growth of Safe Routes to School programs across the nation.
Learn more about the national progress of the federal Safe Routes to School program:
* In July 2012, Congress passed a new transportation bill: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). Beginning in October 2012, Safe Routes to School (SRTS) activities will be eligible to compete for funding alongside other programs, including the Transportation Enhancements program and Recreational Trails program, as part of a new program called Transportation Alternatives. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is charged with putting the legislation into practice, and it provides information about MAP-21 on its website.
State SRTS programs are also in the process of determining how to handle the new legislation. As the States provide information about how they will proceed with Safe Routes to School, the information will be available on our State SRTS pages.