Safe Routes to School
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program combines engineering tools and engagement with education about safety and activities to encourage students to take active modes of transportation to school, such as walking, biking, skating, or scootering..
Implementing a SRTS Plan has a long list of benefits, including improved safety, increased access, encouraged physical activity, and reduced traffic congestion and motor vehicle emissions near schools. Adjacent neighborhoods also benefit by reducing traffic conflicts and enabling walking and rolling trips for all purposes.
Looking for safety tips? The Oregon SRTS website has a host of safety tips for parents who are interested in their student walking and biking to school
May is National Bicycle Safety Month!
- Ride a bike that fits you — if it’s too big, it’s harder to control the bike.
- Ride a bike that works — it really doesn’t matter how well you ride if the brakes don’t work.
- Wear equipment to protect you and make you more visible to others, like a bike helmet, bright clothing (during the day), reflective gear, and white front light and red rear light and reflectors on your bike (at night, or when visibility is poor).
- Ride one per seat, with both hands on the handlebars, unless signaling a turn.
- Carry all items in a backpack or strapped to the back of the bike.
- Tuck and tie your shoelaces and pant legs so they don’t get caught in your bike chain.
- Plan your route — if driving as a vehicle on the road, choose routes with less traffic and slower speeds. Your safest route may be away from traffic altogether, in a bike lane or on a bike path.
How to fit a bike helmet: