SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Safe Routes to School is a nationwide effort to get more children biking and walking to school for their health, academic achievement and the environment–and doing so safely.
More Than Just Maps or Directions to School
Bike Fort Collins began partnering with the City of Fort Collins back in 2012 to develop and build the Fort Collins Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program into what it is today. Safe Routes to School is part of a national program under the Safe Routes to School Partnership.
Collectively there are over 400 SRTS programs nationwide. SRTS not only helps youth find smart ways to bike or walk to school, but the Fort Collins program also teaches students rules of road, trail etiquette and bicycle skills. When students ride their bikes (or walk) to school, the whole community benefits from reduced traffic, better air quality and healthier lifestyles. And, perhaps best of all, the children arrive at school safely, energized and ready to learn.
WHAT IS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL?
This video was produced in 2019 and provides a great overview and glimpse of what Fort Collins Safe Routes to School programming entails.
FROM TRAINING WHEELS TO GRADUATION
Through a dedicated school rotation schedule, the Fort Collins SRTS program is delivered to students who go to a Poudre School District school residing within City of Fort Collins boundaries during Elementary School, Middle School and High School. At each level students receives a carefully crafted curriculum, integrated into the school day through PE classes, on how to bike and walk to school safely, as well as helping to hone bike riding and handling skills.
Due to the number of Elementary Schools, the rotation schedule is coordinated so programming is delivered to each school once every three years. Then, programming is delivered to each Middle School and High School annually. Subsequently, a student should receive SRTS programming three times during the time (K-12) they are enrolled with PSD. Click the button below to see the school rotation schedule:
Bike Camps are typically a couple-to-several day, or even weeklong summertime camps where we spend the day with children riding to various fun locations or activities, practicing cycling skills along the way and teaching them bicycle safety, bicycle etiquette and rules of the road.
This video is from a Bike Camp in July 2019, funded per our Active Living program grant from Kaiser Permanente. Kids from local mobile home parks in northern Fort Collins participated in the 2-week, all-day (M-Th) camp.
WISH FOR WHEELS FOCO
To augment our SRTS efforts and get more kids on bikes, and riding bikes to school, in the summer/fall of 2020, Bike Fort Collins joined forces with Denver-based, Wish for Wheels to host the innaugural Wish for Wheels FoCo, a Customized Bike/Build/Give Event intended to bring a FREE bike and helmet to every 2nd-grader in Poudre School District in need of one.
SRTS PROGRAM EXPANSION
We recognize that we don’t currently reach all students within the Poudre School District, particularly schools in LaPorte, Wellington, Tinmath and even the yet-to-be named new PSD elementary school scheduled to open in Loveland in 2021. We are looking for sustainable funding that would enable us to offer and deliver this great programming to the schools in those areas as well. If you, your business or someone you know would be interested in helping to sponsor or underwrite this expansion, please email our Dave Dixon, Executive Director at email@example.com.
SRTS INSTRUCTORS NEEDED
We are always in need of individuals with a passion for bicycling, kids and teaching. If this is you, see this job description to apply, or raise your hand to begin the process too, via our volunteer sign-up.
LATEST NEWS AND INFORMATION
Visit our News-Blog for the latest news on our Safe Routes to School programming.
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