Though some Safe Routes to School programs have to address safety problems first, most programs ultimately aim to increase walking and bicycling among students. Some programs yield a greater response than imagined; others start out by showing great promise, but end up not reaching their goals.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School, in an effort to better understand what factors might contribute to increases in walking and bicycling, examined programs for elements linked to measured walking and bicycling outcomes.
This document pares down a study, Shifting Modes: A Comparative Analysis of Safe Routes to School Program Elements and Travel Mode Outcomes, to highlight the practical factors that allow practitioners to increase student participation in walking and bicycling to school. The four key strategies identified in the Shifting Modesstudy are reviewed and compared to two schools that won the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award, an annual national recognition of an outstanding SRTS program.
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