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:
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 activities include teaching pedestrian, bicyclist and traffic safety
and creating awareness of the benefits and goals of SRTS.
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 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
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
HERE to see a
list of the fundable activities.