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National Center for Safe Routes to School

March 03, 2008 By: Peter Smith Category: Uncategorized

I’d never heard of them before, but the National Center for Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is definitely an organization that would appear to have goals very similar to ours. Their ‘About Us’ page says this:

Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school. The Center strives to equip Safe Routes to School programs with the knowledge and technical information to implement safe and successful strategies.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.

One of the key outputs of the Center appears to be the Safe Routes to Schools Guide. The guide is:

a comprehensive online reference manual designed to support the development of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs. It provides links to other SRTS publications and training resources. Readers of the online guide can pick and choose specific topics based on their interests and needs, such as guidelines for adult school crossing guards or tools to create school route maps.

There is an SRTS wiki page.

I sent an email to everyone on their contact page, which includes folks with email addresses from the organizations already mentioned, and bicyclinginfo.org and tooledesign.com.

I also sent an email to the listed Texas contact person. Anyone else care to email the 49 other states? :)

There is also this entity called the SRTS National Partnership - I have no idea how it is different, or if it is different in any meaningful way, from the National Center for SRTS.

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