Safe Routes to School

Minnesota, Minnesota

From obtaining the initial funding to completing an in-depth planning study of K-8 schools and identifying improvements to promote safe walking and bicycling for students, SRF’s team of safety experts fully understand how to develop solutions that make communities safer for children to walk and bike to school.

Typical SRTS studies include:

  •  An evaluation of existing conditions
  • GIS mapping of school boundaries and walking areas
  • Walking and biking audits and school assessments
  • Public engagement, including a community open house and parent surveys

As part of each planning study, SRF develops a customized SRTS plan that emphasizes innovative solutions for safely walking/biking to school and includes the “Five Es” (i.e., engineering, enforcement, education, encouragement, and evaluation). When developing SRTS plans, SRF fully evaluates existing conditions and works closely with school organizations, task forces, and the community to develop the safest plan for students. As part of the process, the issues and proposed improvements for each school are prioritized.

SRF has extensive experience with MnDOT’s SRTS Program and has assisted many clients, including:

  • City of Fergus Falls, Minnesota
  • City of Plymouth, Minnesota
  • City of Lakeville, Minnesota
  • City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota
  • City of Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • City of Richfield, Minnesota
  • City of Northfield, Minnesota
  • City of Chanhassen, Minnesota
  • City of Rogers, Minnesota

Historically, the Safe Routes to School program has been very competitive, with many communities applying for grants. SRF has successfully secured infrastructure grants for the cities across Minnesota.