Case Studies and Success Stories

We frequently hear from communities that the most helpful information to have about the planning process are examples of how Safe Routes to School has been implemented in other communities.

These case studies are a selection of past projects to respond to these requests. They are meant to provide a view into the work done with SRTS funding. Each highlights work across the state which emphasis on the importance of the planning process and how various partnerships come together to deliver a successful SRTS program.

Please contact our offices if you’re interested in identifying a case study of a community like yours.

DeWitt non-infrastructure program supports safe routes in a small town

Kids waiting to cross the road under the supervision of staff and volunteer leaders. The City of DeWitt is home to nearly 5,000 residents. Settled in 1833 as a farming community, today it is a blend of charming rural and suburban neighborhoods with newly built quaint downtown district. It is centrally located in mid-Michigan about [...]

Small town transportation infrastructure improvements creates big picture results in Petersburg

Summerfield Junior & Senior High School students use the new multiuse path on their after school commute Home to about 1,200 residents, the .49 square mile City of Petersburg in Southeast Michigan’s Monroe County is the second smallest city in Michigan after Clarkston. The sidewalks and crossings in this rural area lacked accessibility which made [...]

Portland infrastructure improvements increases student safety

Student using new crossing and light improvement in front of St. Patrick Catholic School The quaint and picturesque mid-Michigan city of Portland is known as the "City of Two Rivers" as it is nestled between the Grand River and the Looking Glass River. It is home to nearly 4,000 residents with students that attend Portland [...]

East Jordan Students Help Innovative Project

Tucked away about an hour northeast of Traverse City along a section of Lake Charlevoix, East Jordan is a year around destination. Tourists can be seen flocking to nearby beaches in the summertime and taking in some of Michigan’s best skiing in the winter. In short, East Jordan offers things that are familiar to and […]

Southfield Infrastructure Help Keep Kids Safe

There are a variety of unintended consequences when communities pay little attention to the walkability and bikeability of their community – many of which fall in the realm of public health and safety. For instance, when a community is designed without active living in mind, rates of diseases associated with a lack of physical activity […]

Case Study: Novi Navigates Community Concerns to Help Kids Navigate to School

Novi is a bustling city about 30 miles northwest of Detroit. It is home to a unique mix of cultures, exemplified by places like its Hindu temple and Japanese grocery store. While many Michigan cities have struggled with population declines according to theU.S. Census, Novi has grown consistently and is now home to more than […]

Kingsford Honors Past While Moving into the Future

The famous Ford Flivver was manufactured in Kingsford in the early 20th century – a small town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After Henry Ford established the automobile plant, the Flivver, which was the nickname for his Model T automobile, began serving as the unofficial school mascot. Today, two of Breitung Township Schools, Kingsford Middle School […]

DeWitt’s Interagency Relationships Build Capacity

Districtwide approaches to Safe Route to School (SRTS) projects are strongly encouraged because they provide consistent communication, education, and a supportive culture for walking and biking to school. This approach works to ensure that no matter the location a student finds themselves in while traveling to and from school, they have resources that support walking […]

From Mini to Major Grant in Grosse Pointe

Over the last decade, the Michigan Safe Routes to School (SRTS) team has been encouraging communities to think of their programming, planning and infrastructure design needs with a holistic, district-wide approach. Instead of focusing on improving active transportation for students and families around one school, they have been encouraging stakeholders to consider all schools in […]

Collaborative Effort Builds Argentine Township Pathway

Over ten years ago, Argentine Township and the Linden, Argentine, Fenton, and Fenton Township Pathways (LAFF) trails group envisioned a multi-community pathway that would connect cyclists across southwest Genesee County. With support from LAFF, Linden Community Schools, and the Genesee County Road Commission, Argentine Township embarked on a planning project for a multi-use trail project. […]

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