Connecticut receives an allocation of SRTS funding from the federal government each year. Most of this funding (about 70 percent) is spent on infrastructure or engineering improvements near schools. The remaining funds are allocated to non-infrastructure activities or those that fall under the education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation activities.
Are you ready to start making a difference with improvements in how your community’s children walk and bike to school? Here you’ll find all the materials you need to learn about the Safe Routes to School Program in CT and to start making a difference by improving your community one walk or bike ride at a time. It is easy, just look at some of the success stories from other communities:
What's Happening in CT
Congratulations to Plymouth Public School District for winning the National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads Program 2015 Mini-Grant.
Plymouth Public School District (Terryville, Connecticut) will support its after school bicycle club by purchasing more bicycles, helmets and safety vests for students. Students in the program will develop a safety skills video focusing on bicycle and helmet safety. This video will be shared with elementary school students across the district
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Programs are committed to improving the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. SRTS Programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and federal governments to provide safer and more attractive options for these modes of travel to all children in grades K-8.
Orchard Hill Elementary School, South Windsor, CT
Orchard Hill holds regular Walk to School Days as part of the education and encouragement strategies for their Safe Routes to School Program. This April, 236 students walked from two drop-off locations to school with teachers, the school nurse, their principal, and twenty parent volunteers as chaperones. During the walk, students not only had an opportunity to enjoy the company of good friends and their teachers, but were also reminded of safe walking behaviors throughout the route. It was a wonderful start to a beautiful spring day!
Skinner Road School, Vernon, CT
Skinner Road School in Vernon has been involved with Safe Routes to School for about six years. They hold scheduled Walk to School Days about twice a month and recently the PTO and SRTS Committee sponsored the third annual Walk to School Week. Each day during that week when a student walks, bikes, or scooters to school, they get a raffle ticket for a drawing for fun prizes which promote outdoor activities. Prizes include balls, water balloons, chalk, etc. Walk to School Week includes two structured walking events on Wednesday and Friday, an essay/drawing contest, and encouragement assemblies. The PTO also provides coffee for parents who walk with their children on Tuesday. Walk to School Week is a great time to celebrate spring and focus on the benefits of walking and a healthy lifestyle.
Bike Month Stories
Daisy Ingraham Elementary, Westbrook, CT
On Wednesday, May 8, the children of Daisy Ingraham Elementary School in Westbrook gathered together for National Bike to School Day. Despite the high possibility of rain, children in grades K-4 met at the Westbrook Fire Department where they gathered together with their friends before starting their ½ mile journey to school. The day was a huge success thanks to the dedication of those individual parents who organized the event and all of the families who participated. The children arrived to school happy, energized, and ready to learn!
Center Road School, Vernon, CT
Center Road School hosted their first Bike/Walk to School Day this year. Leading by example, the school's bike club met at a local neighborhood location to make the ride together. Both parents and students joined in the event, arriving at the school on foot and by bike to be greeted by Center Road School teachers and parents, as well as the Vernon Police Officer Michael Patrizz, State Representative Claire Janowski, and the school's mascot, Speedy the Roadrunner. The event was fun for all and generated lots of excitement for future Safe Routes activities!
Latimer Lane Elementary, Weatogue, CT
In Simsbury, Latimer Lane School’s Bike/Walk to School Day event was a huge success with over 300 participants including 226 students (50% of the student body) in a district where only 45 students are not assigned bus routes. Despite the impending rain, they almost reached their goal of 100 students on bikes, with 96 student participants and a number of parents, teachers, and local officials in attendance. The CT Safe Routes to School Program provided fun safety-related prizes to all of the students that took part in the event. What better way to celebrate National Bike Month?
Cold Spring School, New Haven, CT
Over 40 members of the Cold Spring School participated in Bike to School/Bike to Work Day. With an enrollment of only 125 students and families that live in many different towns, this was an amazing turnout. Organized bike buses from three different New Haven neighborhoods converged at the Elm City Cycling's Bike to work breakfast, then rode as a group from downtown to Cold Spring. What a wonderful site it was to look down James Street and see a colorfully-clad group of happy bicyclists. Another bonus was the attendance of Cold Spring School graduate Elly Blue, now a Portland, OR based bicycle advocate and writer, who was in town for her Dinner and Bikes Tour.