Safe Routes 2 School

A hands on program to encourage walking and biking to to school.

What's New

Effective September 22, 2014, MERL users who submit project estimates to MDOT Local Agency Programs for jobs run through the MDOT Bid Letting process should upgrade to at least MERL version 5.2.5 (the latest version currently available).

Be apart of one of the largest walking celebrations on October 8. Register your school for a space-themed Walk to School Day event, today!

The Northern Long-Eared Bat is being placed on the endangered species list this fall (approximately November 1, 2014) due to the decimation of the species from "White-Nosed Syndrome".

This has implications for all MDOT construction projects including SRTS engineering projects that go through MDOT's Local Agency Program (LAP) because local agencies must comply with the federal Endangered Species Act.

For FAQs regarding this issue, please click here.

Applications Now Being Accepted for $1,000 Mini-Grants 

We are excited to announce that the National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for the National Center and Schwinn's Helmets on Heads Mini-Grant Program. The National Center is teaming up with Schwinn's Helmets on Heads Program to provide 25 $1,000 mini-grants to 25 schools across the country. These mini-grants support a common goal of both organizations: to support educators, communities and families in encouraging children to safely bike to school.

Selected mini-grant proposals will fit a school’s needs and interests around safe bicycling and helmet safety education, and will require that correct helmet use be a mandatory component of any program.

Mini-grant applications are due Wednesday, October 22, and award winners will be annouced in December. The mini-grant activities should occur between January 1, 2015, and the end of the Spring 2015 semester.

Download the application or apply online.

SR2S Connect

Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is an international movement—and now a federal program—to make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school. When routes are safe, walking or biking to and from school is an easy way to get the regular physical activity children need for good health. Safe Routes to School initiatives also help ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods and contribute to students’ readiness to learn in school.

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