SRTS 5 E's

  1. Engineering: Focuses on the physical environment with sidewalks, paths, safer crossings, traffic calming methods to slow traffic. Recognizes a balanced roadway system is important to serve all modes of transport, not just motor vehicles.
  2. Enforcement: Encourages motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to avoid unsafe behaviors and to follow the rules of the road. This includes law enforcement ticketing dangerous drivers but it also includes a community-wide approach to educate and promote the safest driving, walking and riding practices. Speed matters!
  3. Education: Teach pedestrian and bicycle safety to students before they are encouraged to walk or bike to school. But parents and community members also need to learn and follow safer driving, parking, and drop off procedures to keep pedestrians and cyclists safe.
  4. Encouragement: Provide fun opportunities and rewards to encourage students and parents to give walking or biking to school a chance. Special events, mileage clubs, contests and ongoing activities give the entire school community the chance to discover or rediscover how much fun walking and biking can be with friends and family. Walking School Bus or Bike Train routes are a great way for parents to take turns walking or riding with a group of students.
  5. Evaluation: Involves identifying problems, finding workable solutions and determining if solutions corrected the problem. Evaluation of local programs can improve that individual program but can also lead to improvements at the state or national level. The U.S. SRTS Program developed thanks to the work and data collected in Denmark in the 1970s. Over a 20 year period there, Denmark was able to decrease their pedestrian and cyclist injury rate 30-40% through their SRTS program.