Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an initiative of Live Well Greater Toledo. Live Well is a diverse collaboration of community leaders and organizations working together to promote policy, systems and environmental change to support improved nutrition and physical activity for a healthier community.

Toledo Safe Routes to School (SRTS) strives to create a community that supports and enhances safe walking and biking to school by focusing on engineering, enforcement, evaluation, education and encouragement.

Toledo SRTS program has three goals:

• Safety: Creating designated neighborhood routes that avoid unsafe intersections and high crime spots where possible, by strengthening supervision and improving the infrastructure of the neighborhoods making them more walkable for everyone.
• Health and Wellness: Improving the health of our community and children by encouraging walking and biking to school.
• Environment: Improving air quality and our environment by reducing the use of cars and buses for travel to and from school.
To learn more about Safe Routes to School and to get your child’s school involved in programs and activities that increase student safety and physical activity, please visit Live Well Greater Toledo's website at: http://www.livewelltoledo.org/toledo-safe-routes-to-school/

Safe Route Maps to School: http://www.livewelltoledo.org/objectives/objective-4/srts-priority-corridors/

TPS School Travel Plan: http://www.livewelltoledo.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/ToledoSTP_2014-11-10.pdf

Current Programs offered by SRTS:

* National Walk/Bike to School Day – Takes place the first Wednesday of October (Walk) and May (Bike) each school year. Communities and schools are using Walk or Bike to School Day as the first step to change community culture and to create options for getting around that are more inviting for everyone, both young and old. For more information and to register, click here: http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/

* Walking School Bus (WSB) - A WSB is a fun, safe and creative solution that enables students to walk or bike to and from school. Each WSB is led by an adult WSB 'driver.' The 'driver' walks a well-planned route with meeting points, a timetable and a regularly rotated schedule of trained volunteers. 

* Bicycle Fix-it and Safety Program – Toledo Safe Routes to School has partnered with Toledo Bikes!, a non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery of used bikes, recycling bikes through volunteer and educational efforts and getting bicycles into the hands of others, while promoting bicycling awareness through outreach, education and cycling events. http://www.toledobikes.org/

* Bicycle Lock Loan Program – Often students are discouraged from riding their bicycle to school because they do not have a lock or the lock they have is not suitable for avoiding theft. Toledo Safe Routes to School is able to provide locks to schools, so they may be able to loan the locks to students on a daily basis as needed.

Other useful programs:

* Operation Lifesaver - Operation Lifesaver is a national program that teaches students about pedestrian safety around railroads. This program can be presented in a large group format such as an all school assembly or in a smaller classroom format.
http://oli.org/

* Lucas County Canine Care and Control – Lucas County Canine Care and Control offers a variety of educational programs on an ongoing basis. We have programs for all age groups and provide them for free as a benefit for our community. Program topics include: dog safety and bite prevention, bite prevention while on the job, dog care and much more. 
http://lucascountydogs.com/

Questions? Please contact: 
Jenny Hansen, Safe Routes to School Coordinator 
Office: (418) 725-7845
Email: jhansen@ymcatoledo.org