Make Back to School a Walk in the Park!


Author name: Colleen Synk

Norte bike train with staff at the front and a handful of students following behind

Case Study: Norte! Youth Cycling and Fundraising Ideas from Northern Michigan

When growing a Safe Routes to School program, many communities seek resources to conduct projects outside and beyond the SRTS grant. Traverse City’s Norte is leading the way, showing organizations how to leverage resources outside of SRTS. Norte is an organization dedicated to getting youth out on bikes and active in the Traverse City Area.

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Bike to School & ACES Day Make it Magic postcard with wizard owl

The Best B2SD Poster Wins a Bike

Michigan K-8 graders are invited to submit a 2019 ACES  & B2SD Poster Contest entry, with the first place winner receiving a bicycle courtesy of Farm Bureau Insurance! Have your student draw up a poster on 8.5 x 11-inch paper showing how getting moving can “Make It Magic!” Follow the instructions outlined and submit a completed ACES &

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Three images from mini grant programming. Students striking funny poses on walking school bus. Students on bikes for bike education program, student holding Walk to School Day sign.

Mini Grant Deadline Reminder

The Michigan Fitness Foundation will be accepting Mini Grant RFPs for the 2019-2020 school year until March 1st at 5:00pm. Any Michigan school or non-profit working with schools whose students are in grades K-8 is eligible to apply for programming funds that support active transportation to and from school. Grants of $5,000 are available per school, and

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SRTS Holiday Gift Guide banner with image of backpack light and bike bell with SRTS branding.

SRTS Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday gift giving may center around presents your loved ones want. However, it can be a great time to get items for them which they may need or could use to make daily activities, like walking or biking to school, that much safer, easier, or fun. Here’s a quick list of items which could be larger presents or stocking

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three students run across a three way intersection with the help of a crossing guard where there were SRTS infrastructure improvements made.

Case Study: City of Hastings with Hastings Middle, Northeastern Elementary and Central Elementary Schools

Having a consistent and committed group of diverse stakeholders helps create a smooth Safe Routes to School planning process and leads into a strong application. It’s one aspect that can initially hold a community back from getting started.  This was the case with the City of Hastings, a small community on the west side of

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