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Minimizing Liability Risk

A fact sheet about Safe Routes to School programs

Fact Sheet
Child Care & Schools
Healthy Neighborhoods

By walking or bicycling to school, children can easily incorporate exercise into their day and increase their overall physical activity. But the percent of children walking or riding bicycles to school has dropped dramatically over the past four decades.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs encourage children and their families to walk or bike to school by sponsoring walk-to-school days and organizing “walking school buses” in which children and families walk to school as a group. We work with advocates, school officials, and others to provide legal information that addresses common barriers to SRTS.

You may also be interested in our policies and materials on school siting, an important issue for SRTS. We also have expertise in SRTS issues related to student transportation funding, comprehensive plans, schools’ authority to regulate or restrict active transportation to school, and additional issues.