Today, most student transportation departments around the country focus primarily on getting students to school on yellow school buses. But student transportation isn’t just about school buses — especially if you live in the one-to-two-mile radius around a school. Students are also getting to school by foot, bicycle, scooter, car, and public transportation. Decisions about how students travel to school affect their health and safety, as well as traffic congestion, air pollution, and the health and safety of the community at large.
A new report out from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership explores collaboration opportunities between Safe Routes to School and School Bus professionals. Buses, Boots, and Bicycles: Exploring Collaboration Between Safe Routes to School and School Busing Professionals to Get Children to School Safely and Healthily (pdf).
Buses, Boots, and Bicycles addresses questions such as:
- How are students actually getting to school today?
- What are the policies that dictate how a school district or state approaches student transportation?
- How are student transportation expenses funded, and how do funding structures vary among states?
- How do funding formulas create incentives or disincentives for walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School?
On Thursday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m. PT, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar with representatives from student transportation departments and Safe Routes to School programs to discuss the implications of the Buses Boots & Bicycles report, and to share experiences and ideas for working together.