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Safe Routes to School

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The mission of the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes Partnership is to advance safe walking and rolling to and from schools and in everyday life, improving the health and well-being of all Nevadans to provide a safe and connected system for One Nevada

The Nevada Safe Routes to School Program provides resources and expertise in providing an appealing, safe environment to enable school age children, grades K-8, to walk or bicycle to school. Children getting to school under their own power can lead to less roadway congestion, cleaner air, and enhanced student health, when compared to traveling to school by vehicle. Innovative encouragement techniques, education programs, safety and infrastructure improvements, as well as coordination with local law enforcement and community agencies are all part of the Safe Routes to School Program.

Safe Routes to School is an initiative that works to make it safe, convenient, and fun for children to walk and bicycle to and from schools. The goal is to get more children walking and bicycling to school, improve kids' safety, and increase health and physical activity.


  • Pre-2000 - Safe Routes to School (SRTS) started in the United States in the 1990’s as projects in a few cities and one state
  • In 2005 - the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) created the Statewide Safe Routes to School Program through the SAFETEA-LU Grant

  • In 2005 - Safe Routes to School Programmatic funding approved by Congress in all 50 States and the District of Colombia. The SAFETEA-LU (Safe, Accountable, Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act – provided more than 1 billion in funding for school infrastructure improvements and programming

  • 2006 - SRTS National Center was created. As a product, they developed a nationwide, centralized data collection and reporting system to understand and evaluate walking and bicycling to school

  • 2010 - Nevada Moves Day started as a statewide event by NDOT to celebrate how much fun walking and bicycling to school can be

  • 2012 - SRTS programming funded through a new transportation bill, MAP-21 in combination with Walking and Biking

  • 2013 - NDOT produced a Transportation plan identifying SRTS as a strategy for increasing statewide support for bicycling

  • 2015 - Continuation of SRTS, funding provided through the FAST Act (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act).  The State of Nevada, Department of Transportation funds SRTS through the Transportation Alternatives Program under FAST

  • 2020 - NDOT SRTS creates Two-Year Action Plan