Successful Safe Routes to School programs see remarkable changes in the way students and parents choose to travel to and from school. The most successful programs usually include each of the “Six E’s” of Safe Routes to School:
Encouragement – Using events and activities to promote walking and bicycling and to generate enthusiasm for the program with students, parents, staff and surrounding community.
Education – Teaching children about the broad range of transportation choices, including bicycling and walking safety skills. Ideally education programs also include driver safety campaigns for the entire community.
Enforcement – Partnering with local law enforcement to ensure that traffic laws (ie speed, yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks and proper walking and bicycling behaviors) are obeyed in the vicinity of schools. Ideally this would include community enforcement such as crossing guard programs and student safety patrols.
Engineering – Creating operational and physical improvements to the infrastructure surrounding schools that reduce speeds and potential conflicts with motor vehicle traffic, and establish safer and fully accessible crossings, walkways, trails and bikeways.
Evaluation – Monitoring and documenting outcomes, attitudes and trends through the collection of data before and after each year of programming.
Equity - We need to understand the different barriers and opportunities that affect different groups, and craft our policies, programs, and overall approaches with those various challenges and needs in mind.