Are you concerned with the safety of students walking and biking to school? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of your fellow students by promoting healthy habits? Starting a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for students and to increase the number of students who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school, improve air quality and improve community members’ overall quality of life. Use this guide to help your school create a program that works.
Also, check out these programs that can be implemented at your school to encourage more walkers and bikers and to educate your fellow students on safe walking and biking behaviors.
Become a Safe Routes to School Ambassador
Safe Routes to School needs students like you to help champion walking and biking! There are several ways you can get involved in your community and at your school and make a real difference. Whether you want to volunteer in a classroom setting or lead a fun ride or walk, there are plenty of ways you can help. Volunteers lead campaigns, organize bike and walk events, attend fairs and back to school nights, and assist with various other activities.
Check out these great volunteer opportunities:
- Special Events: Lead the annual International Walk and Bike to School Day (October) event at your school, help organize and become trained in conducting bike rodeos, be a smiling face greeting parents and students as they arrive on special Walking and Wheeling Wednesdays, etc. These events often include extra opportunities for volunteers.
- Data Collection: Volunteer to conduct a site audit of a school's walking and biking environment. These site audits inform Safe Routes to School of the traffic dangers and safety hazards around schools which stand as barriers to safe commuting. This will enable the Safe Routes program to respond more effectively.
- Education Outreach: Help teach children the valuable skills and necessary information needed to be safe while walking and biking to school. Assist with pedestrian and bicycle education programs, lead a walking school bus or bike train at your school, write an article in the school newsletter on the benefits of walking and biking, guide families on community walks, etc.
For more information and to volunteer with the Montgomery County Safe Routes to School program, please contact Nadji Kirby, 240-777-7169 or Nadji.firstname.lastname@example.org