Safe Routes to School

A Summary of Funding Awarded to Arizona Communities

The Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) was created by the U.S. Congress as part of a federal transportation bill called SAFETEA-LU. SAFETEA-LU and SRTS expired in 2012.

The primary reason for developing this nationwide program was this country's growing epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes.

One of the causes of the epidemic was children's inability to get physical activity, such as biking and walking to school, due to the lack of safe and convenient ways to do so. The program accomplished this safety and convenience by providing funds for schools and communities to implement infrastructure projects (such as sidewalk improvements, trails and traffic calming) and noninfrastructure programs (such as education campaigns, law-enforcement efforts and prize giveaways).

The SRTS program had three main goals:

  • To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school
  • To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age
  • To facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution near schools

The SRTS program touched many lives. The following is a recent testimonial (September 2014) form the Laveen Elementary School:

"I wanted to send another thank you for your leadership with the SRTS grant. One of our students was born without arms, and she has been receiving therapy with our school occupational therapist. She is now in running club, and her teacher is trying to coordinate her attending Walk to School Day. Because she has been training so hard and is very motivated to exercise, she was the recipient of a pair of running shoes we bought with the SRTS grant money. She is also participating in our SRTS bike and walk exercise log for the first time. This has been one of the many touching stories I have experienced because of SRTS."

MAP-21 is a federal transportation bill passed by Congress in the summer of 2012. SRTS, as a stand-alone federal program, expired upon passage of the bill. Instead, the SRTS program was integrated in the new Transportation Alternatives (TA) program. The TA program is currently being implemented by the Maricopa Association of Governments and the Pima Association of Governments, covering the Phoenix and Tucson urban areas.

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Civil Rights

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De acuerdo con el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, la Ley de Estadounidenses con Discapacidades (ADA por sus siglas en inglés) y otras normas y leyes antidiscriminatorias, el Departamento de Transporte de Arizona (ADOT) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad o discapacidad. Las personas que requieran asistencia (dentro de lo razonable) ya sea por el idioma o discapacidad deben ponerse en contacto con la Oficina de Derechos Civiles de ADOT en Las solicitudes deben hacerse lo más antes posible para asegurar que el Estado tenga la oportunidad de hacer los arreglos necesarios.