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. 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.
Starting a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is an opportunity to make walking and biking to school safer for children and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs:
- increase student physical activity levels and help address Maine’s high childhood obesity rate
- ease traffic congestion, enhance student transportation choice, and save school districts money on busing costs
- boost academic performance and improve classroom behavior
- decrease carbon emissions and air pollution – subsequently decreasing childhood respiratory events
Include Safe Routes to School activities in your community! Here’s how:
- See these examples of local walk and bike to school programs across Maine
- Organize a walk and bike to school event at your school using our checklist
- Register your walk and bike activities with us and request event posters and incentives for your students
- Download posters and safety materials for your safe routes program
- Evaluate local barriers to safe walking and bicycling and plan for improvements through our online School Travel Plan
- Organize bicycle and pedestrian safety education in your school
- Apply for federal SRTS funds for physical infrastructure safety improvements such as the construction of sidewalks and bike-pedestrian pathways, improved crossings, bike lanes, and traffic calming elements
For complete information and resources on the Maine Safe Routes to School Program, please visit the Maine DOT’s Safe Route to School site.
Bring the SRTS program to your school or community!