History of Safe Routes to School (SRTS)
After Congress funded two SRTS pilots in 1998 through the US Department of Transportation in Marin County, CA and in Arlington, MA, many grassroots SRTS efforts developed throughout the US. In 2005, Congress passed legislation that established a National Safe Routes to School program dedicating funds, administered through the Federal Highway Administration, and requiring each state to have a Safe Routes to School Coordinator as a central point of contact for the state.
New Jersey Safe Routes to School, which is created and supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation with funding from the Federal Highway Administration, enables and encourages safer and more accessible walking and bicycling environments for children in New Jersey through education, training, and research. Safe Routes to School projects can involve physical improvements to the environment, as well as encouragement programs to promote more walking and bicycling to and from school.
The New Jersey SRTS Resource Center
The New Jersey SRTS Resource Center assists public officials, transportation and health professionals, and the general public in creating a safer and more accessible walking and bicycling environment through primary research, education and dissemination of information about best practices in policy and design. The Center is supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation through funds provided by the Federal Highway Administration.
NJ SRTS Regional Coordinators provide assistance and consultation to kick off Safe Routes to School projects in communities throughout New Jersey.
Get answers to commonly asked questions about the New Jersey Safe Routes to School program.