Posted on November 02, 2011 10:26 AM
2011 Safe Routes to School policy report
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership has released a 2011 policy report, Safe Routes to School: Helping Communities Save Lives and Dollars. The report seeks to demonstrate the long-term financial benefits of the Safe Routes to School program and the projects it helps fund. Among SRTS benefits, the report cites:
- Reducing school busing costs, alleviating the strain on school and local government budgets
- Decreasing short trips to school, easing traffic congestion, fuel expenditures and wear and tear on the roads
- Helping small rural towns and low-income communities access much-needed funds to improve safety
- Lowering medical costs from traffic injuries and fatalities and manage obesity costs
In conjunction with the publication of the policy report, the SRTS National Partnership has created fact sheet with excerpts and highlights from the report.