Environment

Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

Safe Routes to School is an international movement that has taken hold in communities throughout the United States.  The concept is to increase the number of children who walk or bicycle to school by funding projects that remove the barriers that currently prevent them from doing so.  Those barriers include lack of infrastructure, unsafe infrastructure, lack of programs that promote walking and bicycling through education/encouragement programs aimed at children, parents, and the community.

Community Health Workers part of the success of SRTS 

“…Community health workers, or “promotores”, also will disseminate the information about the goal of SRTS, incentives, evaluations and Parent Safety Patrols to homes, parks, churches and laundromats…”

…Outreach efforts at regional and local PTA conferences and meetings enabled IPS to educate PTAs about the importance of SRTS, to motivate them to participate in Walk to School Day and to establish frequent walker programs…

 

California SRTS

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CA4Health

Strategic Direction

  1. Tobacco free living…………………………………………………….Healthy Eating Active Living……………………………………….
  2. Clinical & Community Preventive Services………………
  3. Healthy & Safe Physical Environment

Safe Routes to School / Walkable Communities

The absence of safe, walkable communities is a leading cause of physical inactivity. This is compounded in rural communities that lack sidewalks and other infrastructure to support walking and bicycling, and where people often have to travel long distances to schools and other destinations. CA4Health counties will work to implement Safe Routes to School practices and supporting strategies such as Complete Streets principals that connect children and families by foot and bicycle to their schools and communities at large.