A Safe Routes to School (SRTS) team has a common goal of increasing the number of students walking and bicycling to school and is comprised of community members with diverse backgrounds and interests. The SRTS team consists of: Champions and Stakeholders.
Champions are two to four people dedicated to leading and coordinating the team’s efforts in building an effective SRTS program by developing and evaluating goals for the community and monitoring the program’s effectiveness in the future. Champions might be:
- PTA/PTO Representatives
- Local Bicycle/Pedestrian Advocates
- School District or Board of Education Representatives
- Communications/Marketing Representatives from school districts, municipalities, etc.
- Regional Coordinators
Stakeholders represent interests of the school and community in the form of a SRTS Task Force and can share insight into policies that might help shape the SRTS program. The Task Force of stakeholders can be comprised of:
Local Municipal Officials
Law Enforcement Officers
Local Business Owners
Municipal Engineers/Urban Planners
Advocates from Community Organizations (traffic safety, children’s health and wellness, bicycling/pedestrian, etc.
The SRTS team should be flexible and allow for members to work together or separately depending on what is most practical or convenient, however some face-to-face time should take place at the beginning of the process. Team meetings should review SRTS benefits and begin to identify goals specific to your school or community. You should also plan to establish your Task Force, make preliminary decisions on SRTS actions to initiate, and agree on a calendar of tentative meeting dates. In addition, as some of the best input comes from the students, and their ideas can be collected through surveys, classroom exercises and/or art projects, and then presented to the SRTS team at a meeting.
SRTS Team Roles and Responsibilities
Outlined below are some typical roles for SRTS team members:
|Board of Education and Other District Administrators||
|English as a Second Language (ESL) Teachers||
|Economic Development Department||
|Other Local Advocates||
To download a copy of this information, click Build your Safe Routes Team (PDF).