This tip sheet offers guidance for liability issues with walking or bicycling to school.
As Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs have developed, some have wondered if encouraging walking and bicycling to school may increase a school's liability exposure. In general, the answer is no. In fact, SRTS programs are designed to help schools and communities identify and address potential safety concerns. Taking concrete steps to make walking and bicycling safer will reduce the likelihood of injury, and thereby minimize exposure to liability.