Posted on February 28, 2012 5:09 PM
Comparative analysis of SRTS program elements and travel mode outcomes
A new study has been released by the National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS), which explores and attempts to understand how school-level dynamics, which underlie the planning and implementation of SRTS programs, relate to the percentage of students who walk and bicycle between home and school.
The study begins with the question: Do successful Safe Routes to School programs have something in common? It’s analysis identifies the following four key factors that successful SRTS programs share:
- Identifying an in-school leader, often the principal, to champion SRTS.
- Conducting activities that reinforce walking and bicycling, such as frequent walker/biker programs and Walk to School Day events.
- Generating parent support for SRTS.
Establishing policies that support SRTS, such as early dismissal for students who walk or bicycle home from school.