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While many adults joyfully remember biking or walking to school, most kids today are being driven to school and just about everywhere else. We want to make sure that the next generation has similar memories—that they are healthy, know their communities and experience the joy of riding bikes.
We believe that the Safe Routes to School program is a great starting point for achieving these goals.
Since 2006, our education team has worked with communities throughout the state to obtain funding for Safe Routes to School programs.
We are proud of our results:
+ Reached more than 87,000 students with bicycling and walking safety education
+ Worked in more than 200 Colorado schools
+ Taught hundreds of kids to ride a bike
Are you just getting started with Safe Routes to School or seeking new ideas for an existing program? Enlist the help of our education team to jumpstart your school’s program! Check out the Bicycle Colorado education program catalog (opens a PDF in a new tab) for more information.
Colorado Support: The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) administers Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding in Colorado. The CDOT website provides excellent SRTS background and guidance.
Incentive Prizes: Fire Up Your Feet is a program that tracks student and family biking and walking trips and can raise money for your school.
Encouragement Events: Register your event on the Walk & Bike to School Day website where you can also find tips and trick for promoting the event.
Whether you are interested in a one-day event or a comprehensive education program, Bicycle Colorado’s expert educators can help. Below are a few approaches for funding your project:
Here are a few approaches for funding your project:
+ Contact your school board to advocate for Safe Routes
+ Allocate departmental funds (ex. Physical Education) for a one-day program
+ Prioritize PTA funds to apply to walking and biking encouragement programs
+ Apply for a CDOT Safe Routes to School grant, which can fund a comprehensive education program at your school. As a project partner, Bicycle Colorado is able to provide technical assistance in grant writing.
Most of our school-based programs in our catalog can also be implemented at community events. Please email Mo McCanna if you are interested in scheduling an education program in your community.
Could there be a more fun way to commute to school than by walking or biking with your kids? However, many parents are concerned about safety, especially when their children walk alone. Before heading off to school, review these helpful resources below.
Some sources say that at the age of 10, kids can cognitively handle navigating the streets. We highly recommend that you spend quality time riding with your kids in the streets–talking about opening car doors, riding on the right and obeying traffic signals and signs–before letting him/her ride alone. Also, explore routes together and find the best and safest way to get places like to school and nearby parks.
Way to Go’s Schoolpool program can provide your family with an easy way to get students to and from school. This free, secure system connects you with families in your neighborhood to organize carpooling, walking, biking or riding the bus together.
To start from scratch, check out this handout for tips on starting walking school buses and bike trains.
Each of these links opens a PDF in a new tab
Launching an encouragement program
Teaching kids to ride (bilingual)
Walking and biking safety tips (bilingual)