Safe Routes To School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an international movement--and federal program--that uses programs and infrastructure to encourage children to walk and bike to school.

 

Vision

 

Milwaukee is a city where more students and families will walk and bike to school because it is safe, convenient, and part of a child's healthy growth and development. The values of student health, safety, and encouraging walking and biking to school are integrated throughout the City and Milwaukee Public School (MPS) policies, programs, and projects.

 

The SRTS program seeks to achieve this vision by coordinating efforts led by the Department of Public Works, MPS, and Wisconsin Bike Fed. These agencies and other supporting agencies use a holistic set of strategies to create a safer, more convientient environment for children to walk and bike to school. 

 

                   Chart showing which agencies support Milwaukee's Safe Routes to School Program


 

Project Goals

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  Equity

The allocation of resources will be monitored, and programs and projects will be implemented where they are most needed.

  Engineering

Every intersection adjacent to a school will be safe for a child to cross; streets and signs around schools will be designed to lower vehicle speeds and communicate caution.

  Education

Every student in MPS will have quality pedestrian and bicycle safety instruction by the end of 6th grade. Students will arrive at school ready to learn.

  Encouragement

Every school will have a culture that advances walking and biking as the safe, easy, and healthy choice.

  Empowerment

School communities will be given resources and support to create and carry out the programs they desire and will influence decisions about Safe Routes to School-related actions.

  Evaluation

Performance will be measured and tracked against the established vision and goals.

SRTS Implementation Projects

The City of Milwaukee received a federal grant to create street improvements for 8 local schools experiencing significant safety concerns for children walking and biking to school. These projects will be putting the SRTS Strategic plan into action. 

SRTS Education & Encouragement Programs

If you would like to request bike and pedestrian education at your school, you can contact Michael Anderson at the Wisconsin Bike Fed. The Bike Fed has worked with Milwaukee Public Schools to offer bikeand pedestrian safety education and encouragement programs in Milwaukee-area schools since 2004.

SRTS Strategic Plan 

In June 2021, the City of Milwaukee adopted a strategic plan to coordinate Safe Routes to School efforts across agencies and organizations under a city- and district-wide program. The plan identifies policies, programs, and initiatives of Milwaukee Public Schools and various City of Milwaukee departments that can be modified to improve conditions for walking and biking to school. The plan also provide several short-term and long-term recommendations that City departments, MPS, and other organizations and community partners can take to achieve the vision and goals of Safe Routes to School programming in Milwaukee.

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Contact Us


 414-286-2489


 bikewalk@milwaukee.gov


 Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building 841 North Broadway, Room 501 Milwaukee, WI 53202 


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Safe Routes to School Documents

Strategic Plan

The City of Milwaukee's Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan

Infrastructure Toolbox

A guide of physical infrastructure tools which are proven to provide improved safety for students as they walk and bike to school.

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