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!
- Walk & Bike to School Day
- Walk/Bike to School Day Toolkit
- Step by Step: How to Start a Walking School Bus at Your School
- Bicycling to School Together: A Bike Train Planning Guide
- Bicycle Rodeo – Train the Trainer
- Bicycle Colorado – How to Start a Remote Drop-Off Program
- Get Out & Get Moving – Opportunities to Walk to School through Remote Drop-Off Programs
- Crossing Guard Training Program
- Jeffco Public Schools – Crossing Guard Program
- Student Safety Patrol Program
- School Resource Officers: The School Resource Officer (SRO) program is a proactive partnership with local law enforcement agencies to ensure schools remain safe. SROs are generously funded by municipalities or Jefferson County, assigned to district schools and work in concert with the district’s security team members. These officers provide a positive law enforcement presence in the school community and the uniformed officers help deter illegal activity, act as a positive role model to students and build relationships with our school communities. To learn more about the SRO for your school and ways to potentially engage them in SRTS activities, connect with your school leadership.
Every SRTS program, no matter the size, can benefit from evaluation. While evaluation is often only considered once a program has started, it is important to discuss evaluation before designing your SRTS program.
Evaluation can help in identifying underlying issues or barriers and ensuring appropriate solutions are selected; setting reasonable expectations about what the program will do; identifying changes that will improve the program and determining if the program is having the desired results.
Some of the key data collection tools for any Safe Routes to School program are outlined in the resources below.
- Safe Routes to Schools Online Guide - Evaluation
- Safe Routes to Schools Data System
- SRTS Parent Surveys (English, Spanish &Other Languages)
- SRTS Student Travel Tallies
- Walking/Wheeling Audits: Walk and/or wheel audits, sometimes called assessments, are another set of evaluation tools that can be useful in gathering data on environmental conditions that affect walking and wheeling. Audits might focus on a school site, a corridor popular for bicycling or an intersection that residents find daunting. Walk/wheel audits are tools that provide community members (parents, children, school staff, public works or traffic department staff, local engineers or planners, and law enforcement) with the information they need to effectively analyze the design and condition of the transportation network. Audits are typically performed by personnel with experience in pedestrian and bicycle issues, such as local planners and engineers. We highly recommend that you connect with your city’s transportation, planning or engineering office if you are interested in conducting a walk and/or wheel audit for your school. Numerous walk and wheel audit tools exist, and they can vary in the scope and scale of data they collect; determining which type of audit tool is most appropriate will depend on the audit participants, data needs
andavailable resources. If you would like to see examples of what walk and wheel audit tools look like, the Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center has simple tools you can review.
- Implementing Safe Routes to School in Low-Income Schools and Communities: A Resource Guide for Volunteers and Professionals
- At the Intersection of Active Transportation and Equity
- Equity Atlases: How Data and Maps Can Illuminate Transportation and Equity
- Fight for Equitable Transportation and Why It Matters
- Bike Rodeo: A 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 Trains: A 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 Survey: Can 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 Tally: Can 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 Wednesdays: A scheduled day of the week on which students are encouraged to walk or wheel to school.
- Walking School Bus: A 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.