Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS)
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federally-funded program focusing on the benefits of children walking and biking to school. Its programs aim to improve safety for children and the community and provide opportunities to increase physical activity. A model program integrates health, fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness, and safety under one program. Bringing together a diverse group of people to identify issues and find ways to improve walking and biking conditions is the core of a successful SRTS program.
Congress provided SRTS funding to states through the federal surface transportation bill, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) received over $21 million for the SRTS program from the Federal Highway Administration for Federal fiscal years 2005 to 2012. Projects and activities are 100% federally funded; no match is permitted. Eligible recipients include state, local, and regional agencies including non-profit organizations.
SRTS programs have been growing in popularity all over the country in recent years due to increased obesity trends. A model program integrates health, fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness, and safety under one program. SRTS provides an opportunity to work closely with schools, the community, and local government to create a healthy lifestyle for children and a safer, cleaner environment for everyone.
For the 2017 fiscal year, SRTS will fund mini-grant applications that support the overall goal of safety education, encouragement, and enforcement programs to promote organized initiatives encouraging students to walk and/or bike to school. Examples of eligible funding include (but not limited to): student safety patrol, pedestrian education campaigns, Walk to School Day events, Bike to School day events, Walking School Bus or Bike Train Programs, and Bike Rodeos. Projects that are not eligible for this round of funding include (but not limited to): sidewalk construction, crosswalk installation, bike racks, traffic signal and sign installation, and bike lanes. Applications must be submitted by Local Governments – cities or counties. Regional agencies, parent-teacher associations, bike clubs, non-profits and other organizations are welcome to partner with local governments to submit applications. A Letter of Endorsement from the school district must be included.
Workshops are being held across the state to aid in understanding the SRTS mini-grant program. The workshop consists of an explanation of the application, the selection criteria, and expectations of selected program recipients. To register, fax or e-mail your name, address, phone number, employer, job title, email address and training date/city at least three days prior to the training date to: Diana Benedict, SRTS Coordinator at (615) 741-9673 or Diana.Benedict@tn.gov. Please register at least three days prior to the training date.
Now is the time to get involved and walk/bike our children to better health - for everyone.
*For more information, visit the National Center for Safe Routes to School at www.saferoutesinfo.org.
Walk to School Day Success Stories
Trenton - October 2014
Trenton Elementary School students were excited to participate in the National Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 8, 2014! Approximately 180 parents and students walked from the town's City Hall to school. It was an exceptional collaboration of school staff, Coordinated School Health, city officials, police department, school board and county health department, all encouraging safety, physical activity and fun.
Nolensville - August 2010
2010 Nolensville Success Story - SRTS.pdf