Welcome to the Vermont Safe Routes to School Resource Center!

Safe Routes to School is a comprehensive program based on a simple premise: our kids should be able to safely walk and bike to school. The Safe Routes to School movement is taking hold across the country, as communities are helping kids and families walk and bike to school. Safe Routes to School programs combine education, engineering, enforcement, evaluation and encouragement to get more kids walking and biking to school and make conditions safer and more convenient.

 
We hope you find this website helpful to find information, resources and to learn more about the Vermont Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. If you are new to the site and to SRTS, please check out our Getting Started section and learn about the Vermont SRTS Resource Center and about the history of SRTS.  Once you get familiar, you may begin to reveiw how to become a Partner or Friend of the Resource Center and learn more about the resources and services availables.

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Dear Champions, Partners, Friends, and Supporters:

As we noted last year, changes are coming to the Vermont Safe Routes to School program. The changes are part of an overall restructuring which is necessary because dedicated federal funding for SRTS (which began in 2005) has ended. We are therefore restructuring the program to ensure that it remains a useful resource even without funding. We have spent the past year preparing for these changes, which are summarized below and will be taking place spring 2016.

 
  • The VT SRTS website has been redesigned for easier access to helpful information and will be launched in February 2016.
  • The resources on the website will be updated to provide more comprehensive assistance to schools in the absence of a dedicated staff member. These resources will include step-by-step guides for completing different elements of the Five Es, such as how to develop a school travel plan, collect data, and hold contests.
  • The Outreach Manager/Coordinator position will be replaced with a Regional Expert Panel of both technical and program volunteers to help with questions and guidance.  Contact information for Experts in your area will be included on the VT SRTS website, and the Panel will be introduced at the Annual Meeting in Randolph in March 2016.
 
The goal of the VT SRTS program and the Resource Center has always been to establish self-sustaining school programs, and nearly all of our 96 Partners are at or well on their way to that level. The new structure of the Resource Center is intended to support the ongoing efforts of those schools while providing stand-alone resources for new partners. We value any input that you have on how to make the new structure as useful to you as possible, and will be discussing this topic at the Annual Meeting in Randolph on March 16th. We hope to see you there! Register here.
 

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Save the Date: Annual Forum 

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Join us for our 4th VT SRTS Annual Forum on Wednesday, March 16th at the Three Stallion Inn in Randolph. This free event will be a great opportunity to celebrate walking and biking programs, share strategies with peers, gain insights from local and state experts, and meet inspiring colleagues from around Vermont.
 

Partners, champions, educators, friends, parents, public health professionals, local government representatives, law enforcement and anyone interested in learning more about Safe Routes to Schools are encouraged to attend this free event. Learn more about our annual forum.

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Bike Safe! Order your discounted bike helmet through SafeKids Vermont / Bell Helmets today:

Safe Kids Vermont is led by FAHC - Vermont Children's Hospital, which provides dedicated and caring staff, operation support and other resources to assist in achieving our common goal: keeping your kids safe.

Discounted Youth Bell Bike Helmet Order Form

 
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International School Day Success!

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Vermont hosted its largest International School Day to date. Sixty-six schools throughout the state held events. We woud love to hear your stories and see your photos. Send them to maren@saferoutes.org

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Check Out Our Annual Report!

Annual Report

This report includes program highlights and accomplishments from the recent year as well as important information for Partners and Friends.

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Congratulations to all the VT Way to Go participants

The Vermont Safe Routes to School Resource Center and Way to Go! Vermont partnered to encourage Vermont's K-12 schools to participate in the Way to Go! Clean Commuter Challenge. The Challenge encourages Vermonters to reduce their carbon footprints by walking, biking, carpooling or taking transit instead of a single occupancy vehicles.

This year, 17 schools stepped up for the Challenge, saving an estimated 40,000 lbs of carbon, which is equivalent to over 2,400 miles of vehicle travel. Over 2,600 students participated, comprising over half of all participants in the Challenge. The Carbon Cup is awarded to the school with the highest rate of participation.

Competition for this year's Carbon Cup was fierce. Ten schools recorded participation rates of 70% or more. Twinfield Union came out on top with the highest student participation rate (94%). Twinfield Union also has the highest number of students participate (360). Congratulations to runner up Isle La Motte (93%) and to Hartford Middle school for the second highest number of participating students (278).

Twinfield Union will be honored at the State House on June 11th with Carbon Cup Winners from other categories. Visit the Way to Go Website for more information.

 

 

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It's never a bad time to review safe walking, biking and scootering to school practices!

 
 
Bicycle Safety
  • Always use helmets when riding bicycles. Using helmets prevents up to 88% ofcyclists brain injuries.
    • Set a rule that helmets must be used on every ride and make sure it is followed for every bicycle ride.
    • Helmets should be positioned correctly and should fit snugly with the straps properly buckled.
    • Parents should always model safe behaviors and wear a helmet when riding.
  • Set limits on where children can ride based on safety.
    • Children develop judgment at different times. You know your child best.If you’re not confident that he or she is ready for busier roads, specify where and when your child is allowed to ride.
  • Teach children safe riding skills and behaviors.
    • Come to a complete stop before entering driveways, paths or sidewalks,and then look left, right and left again for bikes, cars or pedestrians.
  • More information: http://www.aap.org/family/bicycle.htm. Sources: SafeKids Worldwide, AAP, Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute
Pedestrian Safety
  • Street-crossing
    • Children under age 10: Need supervision when crossing streets.
    • Children 10 and over and when ready: Teach and monitor street-crossing skills.
    • Look both ways for danger before and while crossing the street at the corner.
    • Walk, do not run, into the street.
  • Play
    • Never play in the road.
    • Play stops at the end of the sidewalk or yard.
    • Teach children to ask adults to get balls that go in the street.
    • More information: http://www.safekids.org/tips/tips_ped.htm. Source: SafeKids Worldwide Skateboard,
Scooter, In-Line Skating and Heelys Safety