Safe Routes to School :: Practice and Promise

Resources, Publications, and Organizations

Appendix B
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Healthy People 2010

This publication offers a set of health objectives for Americans to strive to achieve in the first decade of the 21st century. “Healthy People 2010” presents a comprehensive, nationwide health promotion and disease prevention agenda to help states, communities, organizations, and individuals develop programs to improve health. Available in print or CD-ROM.

Contact: U.S. Government Printing Office
Tel: (800) 367-4725
Web site: or

Improving Conditions for Bicycling and Walking

This report describes outstanding projects that have increased walking, bicycling, and improved user safety in communities across America. Impressive is the variety of projects that have been initiated since the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act was passed in 1991. With examples from all parts of the country, it describes on-road facilities and off-road trails, transit-related projects, and community planning efforts. All Four Es (Encouragement, Education, Engineering, and Enforcement) are represented.

Contact: Federal Highway Administration
Tel: (202) 366-5007
Web site:

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Tel: (202) 331-9696
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Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design – A Guide for Public Health Practitioners

This guide is designed to provide public health practitioners and others an introduction to increasing physical activity through better community design, and describes seven kinds of projects you promote to help create more bicycle-friendly and walkable communities. The guide discusses how such projects get funded and presents an array of resources to help with implementation.

Contact: National Center for Bicycling and Walking
1506 21st Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036
Tel: (202) 463-6622
Fax: (202) 463-6625
Web site:

KidsWalk-to-School: A Guide to Promote Walking to School

This guide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a tool to help you develop a walk-to-school program that is appropriate for your neighborhood. It includes a checklist and step-by-step guidelines for creating a KidsWalk-to-School program such as a “walking school bus.” Sample letters, surveys, forms, and an extensive list of resources are included.

Contact: Tel: (888) CDC-4NRG (232-4674)
Web site:

National Strategies for Advancing Child Pedestrian Safety
National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety

Each publication was the result of a nationwide conference that brought researchers, activists, and officials together to recommend strategies.

“National Strategies for Advancing Child Pedestrian Safety” (22 pages) details six strategies and action steps readily implemented by anyone interested in reducing pedestrian injuries among children, all while encouraging them to become more active and explore their environment on foot.

“National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety” (25 pages) is designed to be a roadmap for policy makers, safety specialists, educators, and the bicycling community to follow as they promote national, state and local efforts to increase safe bicycling. It includes goals, strategies, short- and long-term actions that can reduce injuries associated with bicycle riding.

Contact: National Strategies for Advancing Child Pedestrian Safety
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National Strategies for Advancing Bicycle Safety
Tel: (888) CDC-4NRG (232-4674)
Web site:

Pedestrian Safety Toolkit

This toolkit includes resource materials that states and communities can use to implement their pedestrian safety programs and achieve their goals. It contains a compilation of federal agency pedestrian safety videos; an interactive CD-ROM of pedestrian resources with subject-to-subject cross referencing; a user manual that explains how to create effective pedestrian safety programs; a resource manual that references NHTSA, Federal Highway Administration and Federal Railroad Administration materials; and sample materials and information that cover the basics for all who want to do pedestrian safety and advocacy. In addition, the “User's Manual and Resource Guide” can be ordered separately.

U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Fax: (301) 386-2194
Web site:

Safe Routes To Schools Toolkit

This toolkit, developed by the Marin County Safe Routes To Schools project in California — in partnership with NHTSA and the California Department of Health Services — is designed to be used in initiating and implementing a Safe Routes To Schools program. It includes examples of classroom activities, ideas for promotions, information on safe streets, resources, and forms to assist you along the way.

U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Fax: (301) 386-2194 or

Safe Ways To School Toolkit

This toolkit details systematically how to create a Safe Ways To School program for your community. It provides an overview of the implementation process, and includes sample tools such as a student travel survey, parent survey, neighborhood site assessment, and implementation ideas. It also contains a video and sample materials, including handouts for students, parents, and schools.

Contact: Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
University of Florida
P.O. Box 115706, Gainesville, FL 32611-5706
Tel: (352) 392-0097
Fax: (352) 392-3308
Web site:

Way to Go! Manual and Resource Kit

The “Way to Go! Manual and Resource Kit” can help parents, teachers, and student groups design and implement school-based, traffic-reduction programs in their communities. It includes ideas, strategies, information, and educational and curriculum resources. Other manuals available include: “Bike Smarts: A Handbook;” “RoadSenseKids: Passport to Safety (Teaching Guide for K-3);” and “Walking/Wheeling Challenge Map.”

Contact: Bernadette Kowey
3538 West 24th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Tel: (604) 732-1511 or (877) 325-3636
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