Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a nationwide program that aims to significantly improve safety for students who walk and bike to school. The three main goals of the program are:
- To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school.
- To make biking and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation choice, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.
- To plan and build projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution.
Montgomery County’s Safe Routes to School program focuses on two main areas to enhance safety:
- Physical Aspects: improve sidewalks, crosswalks, curb extensions and install traffic signs in the vicinity of schools.
- Education: Promote safety, enforce traffic rules, and encourage students to participate in the program.