Implementing SRTS: The 6 Es

Jeffco Safe Routes to School (SRTS) relies on a variety of activities, programs and resources that can be customized by local champions — students, parents, school staff and administrators — to best fit the need of individual schools and the local community. Safe Routes to School efforts are most successful when they incorporate the 6 Es: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering, Evaluation and Equity.3,4,5

Note: Before getting started with any of these activities, we highly recommend that you communicate with your school principal, School Wellness Team, PTA and/or Accountability Committee. It is important to identify what work has already been done and to see if any of these partners might be interested in getting involved in SRTS work as well! 

  1. Education
  2. Encouragement
  3. Engineering
  4. Enforcement
  5. Evaluation
  6. Equity
Education is a key component of a successful SRTS program. Activities can include school-based education as well as activities that are provided before and after school and in the community. Education activities can focus on teaching pedestrian, bicyclist and traffic safety skills, or creating awareness of the benefits and goals of SRTS. 

While educating students about safe pedestrian and cycling behaviors is key, it can be equally if not more impactful to direct education efforts towards parents and community members who also impact the school zone as a pedestrian, cyclist or motorist. Educating adults on how to drive safely within school zones can benefit all individuals walking or wheeling in a school zone.

Don’t forget the needs of children and adults who do not speak English as a first language; individuals with vision, hearing or mobility impairments; and families across all income levels. Also, any time a change is made to the built environment (i.e., engineering), an education component should be included to educate students, parents and community members about the change.

Helpful Definitions

  • Bike RodeoA bicycle riding event which provides an opportunity for students to learn and practice the skills to bicycle safely. This can include education on rules of the road, training on basic bicycle maintenance and opportunities to practice skills in a safe, off-street bicycle course.
  • Bike TrainsA variation on the walking school bus (see below) in which adults supervise a group of children riding their bikes to school.
  • Remote Drop-Off: An established, safe and convenient location off school property for parents to drop off and pick up their children in order to ease the burden of traffic on and around school property.
  • SRTS Parent SurveyCan be administered online or printed. This survey asks for information about what factors affect whether parents allow their children to walk or wheel to school, the presence of key safety-related conditions along routes to school and related background information. The survey results will help determine how to improve opportunities for children to walk or wheel to school, and measure parental attitude changes as local SRTS programs occur.
  • SRTS Student TallyCan also be administered online or printed. This form will help measure how students get to school and whether the SRTS program affects trips to and from school. Teachers can use this form to record specific information about how children arrive and depart from school each day for a week. The information this form helps collect will be used to help establish a baseline as well as track the success of SRTS programs.
  • Walk and Wheel WednesdaysA scheduled day of the week on which students are encouraged to walk or wheel to school.
  • Walking School BusA group of children walking to school with one or more adults. It can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school, or as structured as a route with meeting points, a timetable and a regularly rotated schedule of trained volunteers.