Safe Routes to Schools
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are sustained efforts by parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.
SRTS programs examine conditions around schools and conduct projects and activities that work to improve safety and accessibility, and reduce traffic and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. As a result, these programs help make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing transportation choices thus encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.
Why should we have Safe Routes to Schools?
York City School District's Go Safe Walking Route Map
York City School's Safety Walking Tips
- Pre-plan your walking route to and from school with parents, using well-traveled streets and changing it occasionally to minimize predictability
- Check out with parents when you leave for school, check in when you get home
- Walk or travel in groups
- Follow the "Go Safe Walking Route" signs
- Use main routes, not shortcuts, alleys, fields, yards or abandoned areas
- "Look, listen, leave": avoid loud or disorderly groups, gatherings, fights, suspicious people, strangers
- Stranger danger: Don't go with anyone you don't know, get into cars if things don't look right, and if you have a funny feeling, trust it and get away quickly
- Tell: Don't be afraid or too proud to report any bad situation or suspicious person