Safe Routes to School :: Practice and Promise
Promising Practices -
From Whom Can We Learn?
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Chapter Four








Because the Safe Routes to School (SR2S) movement is large, diverse, and changing every day, it is not possible to describe each of the different projects or activities. Earlier in this guide, we outlined the key factors that a community must have in place to provide comprehensive, effective, pleasant, and safe routes to school for its children:

  • The community values active and safe transportation for children;
  • Drivers are alert and careful;
  • Pedestrians and cyclists are knowledgeable, careful and assertive; and
  • Community design and facilities support walking and cycling.

In this section, we outline the efforts of a number of communities that have made important strides in achieving safe routes to school for their children. We offer examples that focus on a specific neighborhood, as well as examples of statewide efforts, and even one national project.

The projects that are spotlighted have been in operation for at least a few years. They have acquired funding and community buy-in so that they know their efforts will not be just a “flash in the pan.” They have made some attempt at evaluating the work that they have done, although evaluation of Safe Routes to School efforts remains a significant challenge.

Each of the case studies provides:

  • A description of the efforts made
  • Effects that can be tied to the SR2S efforts
  • Challenges
  • Funding
  • Lessons Learned
  • Contact Information

Appendix A: Safe Routes To School Projects and Related Efforts, includes a larger, but less detailed, listing of a variety of SR2S efforts, organized by state and country. We encourage you to learn from all of these advocates and practitioners as you plan your own SR2S approach.



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