Safe Routes to School is a national program seeking to increase the number of students and parents safely walking and bicycling to school. Whether through bicycle and pedestrian education classes, improved sidewalks and bike lanes, or enforcing school zone speed limits, our community is working together to make walking and bicycling to school a viable choice for students and parents!
Great Accomplishments in 2013
In 2013, the Safe Routes to School program reached nearly 14,000 local schoolchildren and 2,000 adults with education and encouragement programming. In addition, many sidewalk and road improvements were made, creating a safer environment for Fort Collins families who choose to walk or bike to school. Check out the complete annual report or this handy one page of highlights!
When a Kid Owns the Road
Read an inspirational story about a 4-year-old biking the streets of Brooklyn before the start of the New York City Marathon. Click here for story.
Seeking Leaders of Walking School Buses and Bike Trains!
One way to get more kids walking and biking to school is for parents and community volunteers to lead groups of schoolchildren safely to and from school. Walking school buses and bike trains work the same way as a school bus -- an adult leader has a list of kids to pick up on the way to school, culminating with a group arriving at school safely on foot or by bike.
We need community volunteers like you to help lead walking school buses and bike trains to elementary and middle schools in Fort Collins. If you would like to get involved, please email Nancy Nichols, Safe Routes to School coordinator, at or call 970.416.2357.
Safe Routes to School National Partnership Webinar
A webinar hosted by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on June 20, 2013, features the City's Safe Routes to School coordinator, Nancy Nichols. Check out Nancy's PDF about safe routes to school as a function of municipal government in a webinar titled "Maximizing City Involvement in Safe Routes to School: Educating Municipal Transportation Departments."
City Awarded $337,603 to Help Kids Safely Bike and Walk to School
New CDOT Safe Routes Curriculum
The Colorado Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School Program recently released a new curriculum for use by Safe Routes trainers and K–8 teachers. The curriculum includes lessons on pedestrian and bicycle safety and also biking- and walking-related lessons for core K-8 classes (math, science, history, language arts, etc.). The goal is to get kids thinking about the benefits of walking and bicycling throughout the entire school day. These lesson plans were created to align specifically with the State of Colorado's standards for education for core K-8 classes and were reviewed by the Colorado Department of Education. View and download the curriculum, or check out the video.
Junior Bike Mechanics -- Never Too Young to Fix Bikes
Kids love to get their hands dirty and to help fix things, including their bikes. Get them involved when they're young, and they'll be hooked on bike mechanics for life. Read more.