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FAQ’s About Safe Routes to School

What is Safe Routes to School (SRTS)?

SRTS is a rising international effort to increase safety and promote walking and bicycling to school through the “5Es: engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation.” The 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) federal transportation bill included a new SRTS federal funding source of $612 million over five years for both infrastructure and noninfrastructure reimbursement grants. SRTS projects continue to be eligible for funding through MAP-21’s Transportation Alternatives Program.

*Iowa DOT

Reasons for the program

During the past two to three decades, there has been an incredible rise in obesity and physical inactivity in children and adults. The impact on health and health-care costs is high and will continue to rise dramatically. In 1969, roughly half of all children walked or biked to school. Now, it is about 15 percent. For school trips less than 1 mile, 29 percent walk or bike. There is a strong correlation between communities with good bicycle and pedestrian environments, and having more active residents. Air quality and traffic congestion around schools has also become an issue.

*Iowa DOT

Funded/Unfunded Safe Route Projects in Iowa

Use the interactive map below to learn more about the funded and unfunded projects here in Iowa.  The purple tags illustrate the funded projects and red tags illustrate the unfunded projects.  You can click on each pinpoint to learn further details about that specific project.


View a larger version of Iowa Funded and Unfunded Projects created with eSpatial mapping software.