The Movement

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) concept began in the 1970’s in Denmark to address safety concerns about walking to school. The first SRTS program in the US started in the Bronx in 1997. Since then, Safe Routes to School has touched over 11,000 schools throughout the US.

South Carolina’s Program

The Safe Routes to School movement has strong roots in South Carolina. The first Safe Routes to School program began in Spartanburg in 2001 with an International Walk to School Day Event. In 2010, more than 125 schools participated in Walk to School Day. In recent years, more than 25 schools have also implemented programs that incorporate events, programs and infrastructure improvement projects.

South Carolina Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program utilizes federal funding to assist schools and communities in the planning, development, and implementation of SRTS projects and activities.

In 2011, SCDOT created the Resource Center in order to reach more schools and maximize the impact of the federal funding.