Safe Routes to School (grades K-8)
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, in partnership with the Maine Department of Transportation, manages the Maine Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. This federally funded initiative promotes safe walking and bicycling for Maine’s school children grades K-8. Since the start of the program in 2005, the Maine SRTS Program has worked with hundreds of local schools throughout the state to engage in walk and bike to School activities and projects.
Safe Routes to School News & Updates
- Maine Walking School Bus Program – Lessons Learned - The Maine Walking School Bus (WSB) Program worked with nine different elementary schools over five years to help them start and run daily WSBs. We learned a few things along the way - check out the Lessons Learned here!
- National Walk to School Day is Oct. 10th! - Hundreds of Maine school children will walk or bike to school with family members, school staff and volunteers in celebration of National Walk to School Day on October 10th. Organized events are planned at schools across the state throughout October, Continue Reading
- May 9 is National Bike to School Day - Hundreds of Maine school children will bike or walk to school with family members, school staff and volunteers in celebration of National Bike to School Day on May 9th. Organized events were planned at schools across the state throughout May, which is Continue Reading
The Maine Safe Routes to School Program offers 3 distinct levels of service to schools and communities interested in promoting biking and walking efforts among students in grades K-8:
Youth Off Road Bicycle Education Program
The Youth Off Road Bicycle (ORBE) Program seeks to educate youth on 1. How to operate mountain bikes in a safe and environmentally sensitive fashion, and 2. How to lay out and build sustainable, environmentally conscientious trails that serve the needs of hikers, runners, snowshoers and bicycle riders. This year, the program seeks to partner with schools to create/support riding programs that engage students with the healthy fun and excitement of off-road trail riding. Schools can participate in just the riding instruction, just the trail building instruction, or both parts of the program. Click here to learn more and apply.
Kids Biking Basics
Kids love bikes! Bikes are a child’s first freedom machine, and teach independence to kids while they provide fun physical activity. Riding a bike is one of the most grown up things kids can do, as they are really operating on their own. Click here for tips on how to keep your youngster safe when he or she is riding a bike (NOTE: these tips are intended for kids under the age of 13)
Adult Bike and Pedestrian Education & Resources
For bicycle and pedestrian education and encouragement assistance for youth grades 9-12 as well as adults, visit our Adult Education page.