Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federally funded initiative focused on pedestrian safety through the 5 E’s:


Safe Routes to School programs help create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for students to walk and bike to school. BLEND helps schools and communities establish and sustain SRTS programs ultimately increasing the number of students walking, biking or rolling to school.


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BLEND Accomplishments

  • Strategically placed speed feedback signs to increase driver awareness.
  • Expanded local safety patrols including student safety patrols.
  • Offered a Fit Kids club pledge program.
  • Increased the number of Central Minnesota Bike Rodeos with helmet fittings and discounted helmets provided by the CentraCare Health Foundation.
  • Sponsor an annual training local educators at a 10-week bike and pedestrian curriculum called Walk! Bike! Fun!
  • Provided schools with walking, biking and physical activity programs and incentives.
  • Created the “No Bruising – Just Safe Cruising” campaign to raise driver awareness and student involvement in walking or biking to school.
  • National Walk & Bike to School Day event celebration (October and May) and incentives.
  • Central Minnesota cities awarded Safe Routes to School infrastructure grants after BLEND assistance.



Share your Story

Share your StoryBLEND wants to hear your Safe Routes to School story!  What are you doing to encourage your family to get more physical activity into your daily routine?  By sharing your story, we will educate and inspire other BLEND champions around the state!  Use our web form to submit your story, and we will enter your name into a drawing to win a $50 BLEND prize.


5 Responses to “Safe Routes to School”
  1. Jeanie Klasen says:

    I would like to see my children bike or walk to school.


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