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Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Statewide Mobility Assessment Study - Phase 1 Report


This report presents the results of phase one of a two phase study designed to support state-level management of the Federal Highway Administration Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. The study aims to achieve three objectives: (1) identify and use existing tools to establish benchmarks for children walking and biking to school, (2) provide recommendations for future allocation of SRTS funds, and (3) identify methods and tools to continue to evaluate the effectiveness of SRTS investments.

Phase one focused on the first objective. Rates of walking and biking to school were found to vary considerably. Therefore, benchmarks of children walking and biking to school should come from individual schools. The best tool for establishing these benchmarks was the National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) Student Travel Tally.
The second two objectives were only explored in phase one. A literature review identified four major barriers to walking and biking to school that could be used to help filter program applications. Data collected by this study, the NCSRTS, and other agencies can contribute to SRTS project evaluations but because SRTS programs vary from state to state and the program is relatively new, many data are incomplete. Consistent, standardized SRTS data collection is necessary to support robust project evaluations. These preliminary findings will be explored further during phase two.


  • Date Published: January, 2010
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 743.1
  • Last Modified: March 4, 2010
  • Authors: Anne Vernez Moudon, Orion Stewart, Lin Lin.
  • Originator: Washington State Transportation Center (TRAC)
  • # of Pages: 196 p., 5.30 MB (PDF)
  • Subject: Safety programs, School children, Walking, Bicycling, Pedestrian safety, Data collection, Evaluation and assessment, Benchmarks, Federal assistance programs, Program management, Children, Nonmotorized transportation.
  • Keywords: Safe Routes to School, active commuting, non-motorized transportation, children’s travel behavior, school commute, SRTS.
  • Related Publications: So Many Choices, So Many Ways to Choose: How Five State Departments of Transportation Select Safe Routes to School Programs for Funding (WA-RD 743.2);
    Moving Forward: Safe Routes to School Progress in Five States (WA-RD 743.3).

This abstract was last modified January 22, 2013