Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School

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":

  1. Education efforts to teach pedestrian and bicycle safety skills
  2. Encouragement activities to build interest and enthusiasm
  3. Enforcement measures to address safety issues
  4. Engineering solutions to maintain traffic control devices and physical infrastructure
  5. Evaluation methods to monitor impact and identify areas for improvement and growth

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:

  • Walking and Biking School Bus. A fun, safe and active way for students to travel to school with responsible supervisors.
  • Remote Drop-off. This is a variation of a Walking School Bus. Students who live far from the school can be dropped off at a location away from school grounds to walk the remaining trip to school.
  • Bike Rodeo.  A Bike Rodeo is a popular and fun event providing students with the knowledge, skills and practice for becoming smart, safe bike riders and pedestrians.
  • Mileage Club. Students earn rewards by walking a certain number of laps around a track, gym or school hallway. It can take place at gym class, recess or an after-school club.
  • SRTS Community Coalitions. School and community advocates join forces to build SRTS efforts and increase safety measures locally.
  • Community Walks. An active way for families to connect with others and explore their community.

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 /

"I am way too busy - but I enjoy this, and love the kids!  If it were any other time of day I could not make it work.  I am not an "earlybird" by any means, but I have really enjoyed this."
~Volunteer for morning Walking School Bus in West Union

"This was so well publicized and ran. My entire family enjoyed ourselves during the event and the kids were so excited to get practice on their big-boy bikes! I hope you continue doing it."
~Parent who attended the North Fayette Valley Bike Rodeo

News Headlines

UERPC March Newsletter

Posted: Mon, March 19, 2018

Some of the headlines you can read about this month include:

  • ICOG Legislative Breakfast
  • Upcoming Events
  • Healthy kids and families live 5-2-1-0
  • IowaWORKS to host "Real Colors" workshop
  • Iowa Association of Councils of Governements Staff Training
  • Winter Marathon Challenge Receives Positive Feedback from Participants
  • Luther College Job Fair a success
  • NEIRHTF has funding available
  • UERPC offices will be closed Friday, March 30th for Good Friday
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UERPC February Newsletter

Posted: Mon, February 19, 2018

Some of the headlines you can read about this month include:

  • Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission is Accepting Housing Rehabilitation Applications
  • Employee Spotlight Aaron Detter
  • Iowa Walking College Application Open Until March 1st
  • 2018 Northeast Iowa Job Fair being held March 1st
  • Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival
  • Leadership Impact Award
  • Complete the Clayton County online survey and have your voice heard!
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Clayton County Comprehensive Plan Survey

Posted: Fri, February 23, 2018

Take a few moments to share your thoughts on the future of Clayton County!

Clayton County is updating its goals for housing, economic development, transportation, agriculture, natural resources, public facilities, land use and more, to be incorporated in the Clayton County Comprehensive Plan.

Public input is essential to gauging what has worked so far, and where the county can go from here. Complete a brief online survey and have your voice heard! Thank you!

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UERPC January Newsletter

Posted: Mon, January 15, 2018

Some of the headlines you can read about this month include:

  • Discussing Legislative Priorities
  • Board Spotlight Amy Bouska
  • Winneshiek County Housing Study Completed
  • Winter Marathon
  • WSB Volunteer Recognizedf by West Union
  • Let's Get WISE on Workforce Recruitment
  • Iowa Trasportation Commission Approves Statewide Iowa's Transportation Alternatives Funding
  • Community Job Fair
  • NICC Small Business Development Center partners with WCDI to provide consulting services for businesses in NE Iowa
  • Green Iowa Americorps Home Assessment
  • EDA Notice of Investment Award
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