Walk Bike Nashville's SRTS ToolBox
Encouraging SRTS At Your School
- Contact your PE teacher, Principal and PTO to start raising awareness of Safe Routes to School issues.
- Contact your School Wellness Council to start raising awareness of Safe Routes to School issues.
- Teach road safety in class time or during PE.
- Start a walking school bus. If you need to regularly move a lot of students a short distance without a real school bus, this can solve a lot of problems - but it has it's own challenges. Contact Robert Johnson for advice.
- Organize a bike train. An even more comprehensive guide is this National Partnership guide.
- Organize a mileage contest.
- Organize a bike club during enrichment or enhancement time, if your school has this. Here is the curriculum we taught over a couple of 9 week quarters at Fall-Hamilton Elementary school in 2018, including rides in the neighborhood.
- Carry out walking and cycling audits to identify infrastructure shortcomings and opportunities at the school and in the surrounding neighborhood. There are plenty of templates, ranging from simple to involved.
- We are lucky in Nashville to have national community mapping expert Dr. Wansoo Im of Meharry Medical College, who occasionally conducts SRTS mapping exercises. Contact Dr. Im for help.
- Map out safe walking and cycling routes yourself to help the whole community identify the safest routes.
- Look for grant funding opportunities (e.g. People for Bikes Community Grant for bike racks, Specialized Foundation cycling in the curriculum grant, Metro Health Dept Community Fund, TN Dept of Health grants, Jeff Roth Cycling Foundation) to meet any shortcomings.
- Review school policies about transportation issues (restrictive rules about walking and cycling, changing your child's dismissal mode, preferential dismissal for walkers, etc) and get them changed.
- Contact us to request a bike rodeo -- an on-bike workshop to teach children basic bicycle and road safety skills.
- Participate in Walk to School Day (October 2019) or Bike to School Day (May 8th 2019).
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