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Safe Routes to School programs utilize the five "E's" in seeking to improve the school walking and cycling environment: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Encouragement and Evaluation.

The Illinois SRTS Program funds the following types of activities:

  • Engineering: a broad term that describes physical changes to the walking and bicycling infrastructure within two miles of schools. Engineering solutions include planning, design, and construction of changes to the infrastructure.
  • Education: Education activities include teaching pedestrian, bicyclist and traffic safety and creating awareness of the benefits and goals of SRTS.
  • Encouragement: Encouragement strategies are about having fun - they generate excitement and interest in walking and bicycling. Special events, mileage clubs, contests and ongoing activities all provide ways for parents and children to discover, or rediscover, that walking and bicycling are do-able and a lot of fun.
  • Evaluation: Evaluation will help you measure the impact of your efforts. The two main categories for measurement are changes in travel mode (increases in walking/bicycling) and safety (decreased crashes, improved safety behaviors and knowledge). Evaluation will also help you keep track of the progress you are making toward your goals, and will inform any changes or updates to the School Travel Plan.
  • Enforcement: Enforcement strategies act to deter unsafe behaviors of drivers; pedestrians and bicyclists; to encourage all road users to obey traffic laws; and share the road safely.

The National Center for Safe Routes to School has an excellent online guide that provides detail and resources on 5 "E's" activities.  Visit their website at

 Click HERE to see a list of the fundable activities.

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