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What is the Safe Routes to School program?

Safe Routes to School Programs are intended to decrease traffic and pollution and increase the health and safety of children and the community. SRTS promotes walking and biking to school using education and incentives to show children and parents how much fun and beneficial it can be! The program addresses child safety by educating children and the public through educational materials and programs, partnering with law enforcement to promote and enforce safe behavior, and developing infrastructure recommendations for safer streets.

Safe Routes to School Address the 5 E's of Walking and Bicycle-friendly communities:

  • Evaluate the safety of school travel routes.

  • Make engineering changes such as building sidewalks, improving street crossings, and training crossing guards.

  • Educate students, parents and drivers about safe travel.

  • Encourage walking and bicycling to school through fun promotions and events.

  • Instill safe walking and bicycling through consistent enforcement of traffic laws.


Melea Smith
District 205 - Director of Communications and Public Relations

Michael Ruth:
Elmhurst Police Department Chief