The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, administered through the Ohio Department of Transportation, officially kicked off in Akron at the Helen E. Arnold Community Learning Center on November 8, 2013 to announce a new effort in creating a District-Wide School Travel Plan for the Akron Public Schools (APS). City, State, & University transportation and planning officials joined students, parents, teachers, and volunteers during a Walk to School Day to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety.
The School Travel Plan is a written document that will outline ways to make travel to and from school safer and more sustainable for all 41 K-8 schools in APS. It focuses on education, encouragement, enforcement, engineering and evaluation. Parent surveys, student travel tallies, principal surveys and walking audits will be conducted to identify priorities for the Plan, and to pursue funding opportunities to create safer routes to school. The APS Plan will be released later in the school year of 2014.
Safe Routes to School (www.dot.state.oh.us/saferoutes) works to raise awareness, promote pedestrian safety, create safer routes for walking and bicycling, and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children to combat a growing obesity epidemic.