About Georgia Safe Routes to School
The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity once again. Georgia's SRTS Resource Center assists schools and communities with education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation, planning, and other non-construction related SRTS activities.
Two types of services support the goals of making it safer for kids to walk and bike to school; and to encourage more kids to do so:
- Funding to local governments to improve the walking and bicycling conditions to schools; and
- Support for school-based Safe Routes to School programs through partnerships with the Resource Center.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an international movement that began in the 1970’s in Denmark and spread throughout the world, reaching the United States by the 1990s. The purpose of SRTS programs is to encourage kids to walk and bike to school and to improve safety in the vicinity of schools.
In 2005, the federal government created a national SRTS program (SAFETEA-LU) designed to enable and encourage school aged children K-8 grades to walk/bike to school, including those with disabilities, and to make walking and biking to school safe and more appealing.
Funded by the Federal Safe Routes to School program, Georgia's SRTS program is designed to encourage more kids to walk and bike to school safely. Program activities and funding is for projects with a 2-mile radius of primary and middle schools (grades K-8).
Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is tasked with spending 70 to 90 percent of the federal funding on infrastructure projects and 10 to 30 percent of the funding on non-infrastructure programs. The Georgia SRTS Resource Center manages the non-infrastructure portion of the GDOT funding, including this web site.