Safe Routes to School
Local governments can invest in this strategy using State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).
- This strategy can help prevent violence. The U.S. Department of Treasury has indicated that strategies that help achieve this outcome are eligible for the use of Fiscal Recovery Funds.
- Investments in this strategy are SLFRF-eligible as long as they are made in qualified census tracts or are designed to assist populations or communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
- Federal program promoting walking and biking as modes of transportation to school
- Administered by local government, school districts, and metropolitan planning organizations
- Aims to increase active transportation and physical activity for improved health outcomes
- Aims to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety and reduce emissions and vehicle miles traveled
Traffic and street safety improvements
- Target Population
- Cost per Participant
Evidence and impacts
Ranked as having the highest level of evidence by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
- Increases physical activity for students
- Improves safety (reduces bullying, exposure to gang violence, and sexual assault/attacks)
- Reduces motor vehicle-related injuries and fatalities
- Reduces transportation's contribution to air pollution
Best practices in implementation
- Note: This content is under review
- Identify partners, including those already working on community safety and violence prevention and explore collaboration.
- Gather qualitative and quantitative data to understand the local realities around crime, violence, and fear.
- Work with community members to identify priorities and strategies.
- Violence and crime prevention efforts rooted in community engagement are more likely to be successful.