Safe Routes Successes - Encouragement

Alexandria, VA, is a compact city with more than 128,000 residents living in a 15 square mile area.

During the summer months, Yuma, Arizona, is a mid-sized city with approximately 85,000 residents.

In the fall of 2011, school staff took action to sustain enthusiasm for walking and biking and to create long-term changes in student travel patterns.

The Riverside County Department of Public Health Injury Prevention Services (IPS) developed a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program at several priority schools.

The Forest Park Elementary School PTA utilized strengths of its parent volunteers.

The Smyrna School District and the Town of Smyrna identified the goal of improving safety for children who already were walking and bicycling to school.

The Parent Teachers Association (PTA) at Challenger Elementary School in Huntsville, Ala., has organized Walk to School Day in conjunction with International Walk to School Day for five years.
 

Safe Routes to School is a fully institutionalized program at Oakbrook Middle School, but this was not always the case. 

Foothill Elementary School in Boulder, CO, had been participating in International Walk to School Day for several years before a group of parents joined forces.