Case Study: Montpelier, VT

The community of Montpelier, VT, is promoting a different "Way To Go."

This program is designed to reduce carbon emissions among adult commuters, but it matches Safe Routes to School efforts perfectly. The program is targeted at Union Elementary School and Main Street Middle School students, and students can participate in walking school buses, bicycle trains and bicycle and scooter safety checks. In addition, Union Elementary officials received a non-infrastructure grant in 2006 to conduct surveys, teach "WalkSmart," a pedestrian safety program to all first grade students and began teaching a BikeSmart program.

During the 2007 to 2008 school year, Main Street Middle School received a $110,000 infrastructure grant to construct bulb outs at each end of the curb in front of the school...