National Organizations

A number of organizations work to support Safe Routes to School programs.

National Safe Routes to School Organizations

SRTS National Center
Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school. The Center strives to equip Safe Routes to School programs with the knowledge and technical information to implement safe and successful strategies.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School is maintained by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Highway Administration.

SRTS National Partnership
Launched in August 2005, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a network of hundreds of organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, secure funding, and provide educational materials to agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs.
The Partnership is managed by a staff and governed by a Steering Committee comprised of organizations and agencies that have been developing SRTS programs and initiatives at local, state and national levels. The Partnership includes such partner affiliates as the AARP, the American Heart Association, the PTA, and Active Living by Design.

  • Fire Up Your Feet Program: Encourages families, students and schools to work together and create active lifestyles which inspire all children to be healthy and physically active. Centered around the school day, this website provides a full range of age-appropriate resources and educational materials to encourage physical activity to, from and at school.Fire Up Your Feet is a core program of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

Safe Kids USA
Safe Kids USA is a national organization that works to prevent accidents involving children. In 2000, Safe Kids worked with FedEx to launch the Walk This Way Program. The program hosts walk to school events on International Walk to School Day, leads year-round school safety committees, and has provided grants to "communities that plan communities to work with city leaders, traffic engineers and metropolitan planning organizations to improve safety for child pedestrians at high-risk locations."

National Physical Activity Plan - The Plan is a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 
The EPA has created voluntary school siting guidelines. These guidelines state that well-sited schools, combined with Safe Routes to School programs, can help to improve the health of people and the health of the surrounding environment by allowing for alternative modes of transportation. The EPA also provides voluntary guidelines for implementing school environmental health programs and resources to help kick-off such programs.