October 20, 2011 The purpose of the Safe Routes to School program is to encourage walking and biking as a healthy and safe transportation mode, and to relieve concerns parents and schools may have with students walking and bicycling to school. Some key issues for why parents won’t let their children in Florida and other parts of the country walk or bicycle to school include: distance, infrastructure, safety, crime, weather, time, etc. Safe Routes to School Tampa Bay has offered a pilot program service to seventeen Tampa Bay Public Schools in an effort to encourage parents to form “walking school buses,” in which groups of children and adult leaders bicycle to school together. To deliver results, Safe Routes to School Tampa Bay has developed a comprehensive strategy to increase and sustain walking and bicycling to school, as well as creating new local partnerships with communities, schools and other related programs. This presentation offers tips and guidelines to starting a walking school bus program for neighborhood schools; plus, an overview on the leadership initiative for the walking school bus program “carpooling without the car.” This program is funded by the Florida Department of Transportation District 7. Download a PDF copy of the presentation.

Presented by: Jason Jackman, Program Planner Analyst, Center for Urban Transportation Research



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