Seven school districts in Kansas recently passed district-wide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) policies. Through a partnership with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, PedNet worked with the school districts to aid them in the development and passage of their policy. These policies provide guidance on a range of factors including general support for SRTS and active transportation, school bus operations, school design and travel plans, education and enforcement of SRTS and more.
One school in each district also received a school travel plan. These travel plans included a map of safer walking and biking routes to school and a map and video of traffic safety improvement recommendations. The traffic safety recommendations included infrastructure and non-infrastructure improvements to make the area around the school safer for children and families traveling to school.
PedNet worked on the same project last year, in which seven different schools districts passed SRTS policies. This makes a total of 14 districts in Kansas that have passed district-wide SRTS policies through this grant. The goal of this project is to create a culture of support within the district and provide infrastructure that encourages safe and accessible walking and biking to school.