Welcome to NISD's Safe Routes to School!
October 3 - International Walk to School Day
What is Safe Routes to School? (SRTS)
The term 'safe routes to school' originated in Denmark in the late 1970's with a pilot program designed to address specific road dangers for children. Ten years later, child pedestrian and cyclist casualties were reduced by more than 80% with the implementation of traffic-free pedestrian and bicycle paths, slower speed roads, and traffic calming measures.
In 1997, a Bronx, New York program developed the SRTS concept as they began to work with parents, principals, teachers, community leaders and city agencies to create pedestrian improvements around 38 elementary schools. The passage of the transportation bill (SAFETEA-LU) in 2005 allowed Congress to appropriate funds for supporting and encouraging the development of SRTS programs nationwide. Northside Independent School District received federal funds in 2010 to make school routes safer around four schools. Pat Neff Middle School, Glass, Glenoaks, and Powell Elementary Schools were awarded a three year SRTS grant. The video below provides additional information about the SRTS program at Northside ISD.