Walking and Rolling Back to School!

It’s the start of a new school year, and we’re finally seeing things returning to normal. Schools are getting excited about getting kids active and are using Safe Routes to School (SRTS) to solve the School Drop-Off Dilemma.

We have 65 SRTS school and educational partners engaging in the work!  Every year, these schools run fun events encouraging active transportation, like this fun walk to school day event at Twinfield Elementary pictured below. 

Students walk alongside a teacher pushing another student in a wheel chair  young students smiling at the camera as they walk across green grass

And we’re doing even more this year! We’re excited to announce the launch of our free educational programs for our SRTS partners! We currently have three programs for students, and plan to add to our roster as we grow this new model. Please fill out this form to request a training. 

Crossing guards, an essential part of SRTS, are in short supply across the state. Check with your town to find out how to apply to become a crossing guard. You can also schedule a free crossing guard training using the link above! Our crossing guard training is a partnership with the Vermont State Police and covers how to make sure children are safe when crossing the road. The training also provides information on understanding how children’s physical and developmental capacities affect their ability to be safe on roadways designed for cars. This program is co-led by Local Motion and the Vermont State Police, and is excellent, if we do say so ourselves.

Not part of Safe Routes to School? You’re missing out on a great opportunity to positively impact students’ physical, mental and academic health through physical activity and the unstructured social time that walking/biking/rolling to school provides! We also have some really fun events that you and your local school can participate in! Sign up here.

Safe Routes to School On the Radio

Listen to Local Motion’s Executive Director Christina Erickson talk about the importance of Safe Routes to School on WAMC Northeast Public Radio!

Listen here!