Safe Routes 2 School - An International Movement
What: Safe Routes 2 School (SR2S) is an international initiative targeted to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing the number of students who walk or bike to school.
How: The initiative is carried out through a process that combines encouragement events and infrastructure changes to remove barriers in the way of people traveling actively to and from school. SR2S programs examine conditions around schools and develop companion projects and activities to improve safety and accessibility and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. As a result, these programs help make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing transportation choices, thus encouraging healthy and active lifestyles from an early age and yielding associated physical and development health benefits.
Why: SR2S promotes health, safety, community, environmental responsibility and academic performance!
Program Roots: The concept of Safe Routes 2 School (SR2S) began in Odense, Denmark, in the 1970s and stemmed from concerns about the safety of children walking and bicycling to school. The SR2S concept spread internationally and was adapted by states, counties, cities, school districts, schools and groups of concerned citizens worldwide. The rapid decline in kids walking and biking to neighborhood schools paired with the success of pilot SR2S programs began to generate interest in a federally funded national program, and by 2005 the United States Congress began dedicating $1 billion dollars to the Federal-Aid Safe Routes 2 School Program. Learn more by reading the National Center for Safe Routes 2 School’s Program Guide.
Where: Interested in learning which communities have successful Safe Routes 2 School Programs in place? Among those recognized for their achievements are Cupertino’s neighbors, including: