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Safe Routes to School Facts

Program Purpose

Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools.  The program also will play a role in reversing the alarming nationwide trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity.

The program aims to educate children and parents on the following categories:

  • Traffic Congestion
    • As much as 20 to 30 percent of morning traffic is generated by parents driving their children to school.
  • Safety
    • SRTS projects focus on infrastructure improvements, traffic education for students and driver enforcement, which provide positive impacts on the safety of children.
  • Health and Obesity
    • Approximately 25 million children and adolescents – more than 33 percent – are now overweight, obese or at risk of becoming so.
    • Walking one mile to and from school each day is two-thirds of the recommended sixty minutes of physical activity a day.
  • Environment
    • SRTS cuts down of the number of car emissions since more kids are walking and bicycling to school, improving the quality of air that children breathe in and around their schools.

Ages: The program reaches out to children, kindergarten through 8 th  grade, but the constituents also reach parents, community leaders, local governments, etc.

Schools currently participating:  Appleton, Brillion, Fond du Lac, Town of Grand Chute, Hortonville, Kimberly, Little Chute, Oshkosh, Omro, Winneconne

Funding Through: Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA)

For more information on funding, visit  and click on the blue District Color icon.

National Partnership
Safe Routes to School National Partnership includes hundreds of organizations, government agencies and groups working to set goals, share best practices, secure funding and provide educational materials to agencies that implement SRTS programs.

National Center for Safe Routes to School
The National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school.  The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program.

Location and Contact Info:

East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
400 Ahnaip St Suite 100
Menasha, WI 54952

Safe Routes to School Coordinator: Melissa Kraemer Badtke
Melissa is the Safe Routes to School Coordinator for East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission . Melissa has worked with communities and school districts on their Safe Routes to School Program since 2007. In 2010, she piloted a ten county wide Regional Safe Routes to School program for the East Central Region with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. This program empowers communities and school districts with the resources and the knowledge to develop and maintain their Safe Routes to School program. Melissa serves on the steering committee for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

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