Safe Routes to School
SPPS’s Safe Routes to School program supports students walking, biking, and rolling to school and during the school day. Safe Routes programs bring many benefits, including cleaner air, less traffic, and healthier students that arrive at school ready to learn.
Why Safe Routes to School?
Safe Routes programs help more kids walk and bike more and provide many benefits:
- Kids arrive ready to learn: Research shows that being active helps kids learn and improves academic achievement.
- Kids get more exercise: On average, students walking to and from school get 40 minutes of exercise. Kids ages 6 through 17 should get 60 minutes of exercise every day for a healthy mind and body.
- Air around schools is cleaner: More walkers and bikers at a school means less air pollution, according to the EPA. Cleaner air is better for all students, but especially for those with asthma.
- Safe Routes can help with climate change: According to the St. Paul Climate Action & Resilience Plan, travel is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in St. Paul. More walking and biking and fewer car trips means less greenhouse gas emissions.
- Safe Routes can bring traffic calming to neighborhoods: The City of St. Paul and other road authorities support Safe Routes in St. Paul by making streets near schools calmer and safer for everyone.
- Safe Routes supports health for the whole community: Safe Routes to School is a CDC-designated Hi-5 program, which means it can make a positive health impact for a community in just five years.
Safe Routes to School work in SPPS is funded by the Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program, SHIP, and Allina Health.
SPPS works with several partners on Safe Routes, including St. Paul Public Works, the St. Paul Police Department, the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota, and St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health, among others. Partners coordinate work through the Saint Paul Safe Routes to School Steering Committee.
Interested in learning more or getting support for your Safe Routes program? Contact Sarah Stewart, Safe Routes to School Lead, firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-744-4188.