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.

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.


Largest Ever Vermont Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day

A record high of 52 schools and more than 6,000 students celebrated Vermont Intergenerational Walk and Roll to School Day 2015. Check out our 2015 Intergenerational Walk & Roll facebook album for pictures.  You can include your school photos by emailing photos to Maren at maren@saferoutes.org or post them on our facebook page.

Highlights from the day included:
  • Over 900 students, staff and community members walked from Rock of the Ages Visitor Center to Barre Town Elementary and Middle School
  • At Weathersfield School and Newport City School, the Walk was truly intergerational. The oldest walkers were 86- and 91-years old, respectively.
  • Swanton Elementary School finished off their day with a Bike Rodeo
  • Twinfield Union School had two bike trains and 2 walking school buses with almost the entire school participating.
What were your highlights?

 Making Strides! Vermont Safe Routes to School Annual Meeting                      

Thank you to everyone who made our third Annual SRTS Meeting a success! The energy was infectious and we loved all of the sharing and collaboration that marked our event. The presentations where phenomenal, full of great ideas and creative solutions. Read the summary notes from the annual meeting. We have included links to the presentations below.
We'd like to give a special shout-out to our awardees: 
Rookie of the Year: Angela Stebbins, St. Albans Education Center
Innovation in Safe Routes to School: Jennifer Woolard, Beth Barnes, Colleen Moore de Ortiz, & Lindy Sargent, Newport City Elementary School
Outstanding SRTS Champion: Chris Souliere, CP Smith School
Community Collaboration: Brianna Haenke, St. Albans Department of Health
Check out the presentations:

Lucy Gibson, Dubois & King, Complete Streets

Jennifer Woolard and Beth Barnes, Newport City Elementary School, How Community Partners Play an important Role in Successful SRTS Programs

Mitch Craib, St. Albans City School, Success and Remaining Obstacles in Building a Culture of Walking and Biking

Sophia Hall, Millers Run School, Making SRTS Work in a Rural Context

Vermont Safe Routes to School Resource Center, Upcoming Changes to SRTS

Mary Catherine Graziano, Local Motion, Basic Bike Maintenance


Read about the Vermont Safe Routes to School Program by clicking the image above. 

To download the PDF click here





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