Safe Routes to School
PedNet is a nationally recognized expert in developing and implementing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs, and in training schools, school districts, and communities to do the same.
Nationally, we have taken our best practices learned locally and brought them to other schools across the country. Our belief is that creating robust programs that immediately change the school and the community is what leads to a culture of support and sustainability.
For example, during the 2014-2015 school year, the Kansas Department of Transportation contracted with PedNet to create 15 Walking School Bus (WSB) programs across the state. However, in the end 17 WSB programs were created with 715 children registered.
What’s more, to date, 12 of the 17 schools have committed or located funding to continue to program after the grant has ended. This upholds our belief is that success brings about culture and sustainability.
School Travel Plans
With funding from Kansas Department of Health and Environment, we created Safer Walking and Bicycling maps for 8 schools in Kansas in 2015 and 7 schools in 2016. We also provided infrastructure and non-infrastructure recommendations to make the area around the school safer for all students.