Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an international movement to enable and encourage students to safely walk and bike to and from school and in daily life. SRTS programs are the result of parents, schools, communities and government joining forces to improve the health and safety of our children, our future leaders.
SRTS programs focus on the "5E's":
Northeast Iowa is home to the state's first, rural, regional SRTS program, which serves over 10,000 K-8th students in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek Counties. The Northeast Iowa SRTS Program, managed by UERPC partners with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative to increase physical activity among students and advocate for safe community routes in many ways:
Children feel better when they are active. They are hardwired to move. Their bodies need it, and their brains need it.
In today's world, however, our kids are not moving enough. As a society, we have created a culture of convenience at the expense of our health, and no one suffers more than our kids. This culture of convenience is the reason why today's generation of children is projected to live shorter life spans than their parents. This is unacceptable.
By creating more opportunities for children to be physically active on a daily basis, we CAN make things better. One of the best ways to do this is through supporting SRTS. While SRTS programs are geared toward students and schools, it's really the community as a whole that benefits. When routes to school and other community locations are safe and accessible for children, they are safe and accessible FOR EVERYONE because we are all pedestrians at some point during the day.
SRTS is the answer to creating a better world for our children, our school, our communities and ourselves. Join the SRTS effort today by contacting Ashley Christensen or April Bril at 563-382-6171 or firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com.
The UERPC March 2019 Newsletter has bloomed! Check out the newsletter to learn about:
Some of the headlines you can read about this month include:
Due to a winter storm warning and expected snow accumulation, all three RPA-1 transportation meetings scheduled for February 20, 2019 in Postville are cancelled and will be rescheduled. This includes the Enhancement Committee meeting at 9:00 a.m., the Technical Committee meeting at 10:00 a.m., and the Policy Board meeting at 11:00 a.m.
The Iowa 511 road conditions website is showing every highway in the area partially covered with mixed snow, ice, or slush. Many schools have been delayed. To keep everyone safe, and to ease any potential schedule hardships due to delays, todays’ RPA-1 meetings are cancelled and will be rescheduled.
This includes all three RPA-1 meetings originally scheduled for today: Enhancement Committee (9 a.m.), Technical Committee (10 a.m.), and Policy Board (11 a.m.).
Thank you all, and be safe!