National Center for Safe Routes to School Releases New Travel Mode Report
(Chapel Hill, N.C.) January 24, 2012 — Do Safe Routes to School programs that increase walking and bicycling have some characteristics in common? A new report conducted by the National Center for Safe Routes to School has found that may indeed be the case.
Shifting Modes: A Comparative Analysis of Safe Routes to School Program Elements and Travel Mode Outcomes identifies the following four key factors that successful SRTS programs share:
- Identifying an in-school leader, often the principal, to champion SRTS.
- Conducting activities that reinforce walking and bicycling, such as frequent walker/biker programs and Walk to School Day events.
- Generating parent support for SRTS.
- Establishing policies that support SRTS, such as early dismissal for students who walk or bicycle home from school.