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Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS)

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What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes to School is a growing movement that has taken hold in communities throughout the United States. The concept is to increase the number of children who walk or bicycle to school by funding projects that remove the barriers currently preventing them from doing so. Those barriers include lack of infrastructure, unsafe infrastructure and a lack of programs that promote walking and bicycling through education/encouragement programs aimed at children, parents, and the community.

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Who are they?

With stop paddle held high and traffic whizzing by, they are out there 

Despite the Florida heat, humidity and rain, they are out there 

They perform a vital service protecting our precious children across the state

They educate our children how to cross safely 

As professionals looked up to by students, they are vital members of your school community

They are our Crossing Guards                    

                                                        ~Dana Crosby

Nomination Time for the

2016 Florida School Crossing Guard of the Year

 

Applications are due December 31, 2016 for the 2016 Florida School Crossing Guard of the Year award.  Three (3) outstanding guards will be chosen from across the state from three (3) different agencies. 

 

Nomination form: Guard of the Year

Winners will be honored on Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, the first Friday in February, February 3, 2017


Starting Your Program  

Florida Contacts  

Funding

Guidelines                

Lessons and Curricula

Walking School Bus

Resources

 

Important Dates to Remember


September 1, 2016
Call for SRTS Applications

October 5, 2016
Walk to School Day

December 30, 2016
SRTS Applications Due

December 31, 2016
School Crossing Guard Applications Due

Safe Routes in Florida

Walking or biking to school gives children a sense of freedom and responsibility, allows them to enjoy the fresh air and provides opportunities to get to know their neighborhood while arriving at school alert, refreshed and ready to start their day. Communities and community-based organizations are devoting increased attention to pedestrian and bicycle safety issues in an effort to improve the conditions for walking or biking to school.

Florida’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program can help communities address their school transportation needs and encourage more students to walk or cycle to school. It strives to enable and encourage children in grades Kindergarten through High School, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school; to make walking and biking to school safer and more appealing, and to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and improve air quality in the vicinity of schools. In addition to encouraging more children to walk or cycle to school, the program also seeks to address the safety needs of children already walking or biking in less than ideal conditions.

A successful program integrates safety, traffic relief, health, environmental awareness and physical activity and fitness under one program. The program encompasses routes and techniques used to encourage children to walk or cycle to or from school. We encourage schools, local transportation officials and other qualified groups to cooperate and apply to meet some of the identified needs, while they address other identified needs locally or through other methods.