Safe Routes To School - Encouragement

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) helps your school community organize customizable programs and events that encourage students, parents, teachers, and the local community to choose active, healthy, and safe modes of transportation. Encouragement builds student excitement about active transportation through safe walk, bike, and roll days as well as in-school activities. Planning school and community events is essential to involving both students and adults in the SRTS Program.

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SRTS Flagship Events

stickers available for the flagship day events

Flagship events are a great way to celebrate active transportation by jumpstarting walking and biking to school in the community. Our 3 annual flagship days are:

  • iWalk
  • Winter Walk & Roll to School Day
  • Massachusetts Walk, Bike, & Roll to School Day

Walk & Roll Support/Solutions

drawing of school house with silhouettes of students using different transportation modes

Is your community trying to increase walking & rolling to school but doesn't know where to start? Is your community trying to sustain walking & rolling to school but wants some inspiration on how to make it more creative? Our walk & roll support/solutions can help!

High School Activities and Resources

cartoon of figures wearing school backpacks while walking, riding a bicycle and riding a skate board

We are thrilled to welcome high schools to the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program! Check out the activities below that high school students can participate in.

Yard Sign Design Contest

Yard Sign Design Contest collage of 2023 winners

The Massachusetts SRTS Program's Yard Sign Design Contest is a way for students to use their creativity to help promote safe roads for cyclists and pedestrians in their communities. The contest is open to students in grades 2-8 who are enrolled in a Massachusetts SRTS partner school.

This school year, the contest will launch in January 2024. Multilingual signs are encouraged!

Annual Awards Ceremony

The annual SRTS Annual Awards Ceremony brings together champions from all over the Commonwealth to celebrate our exemplary schools, community partners, Crossing Guards, and award winners. This event also features several engaging guest speakers from MassDOT, our SRTS partner schools, and community organizations.

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