Minnesota Safe Routes to School (MnSRTS) is an effort to improve walking and bicycling conditions for youth and aims to encourage more active lifestyles.
Since 2005, programs across the state have made profound impacts on students’ ability to walk and bike to school. As children are recommended to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day, per the American Hearts Association, walking or biking to school can help achieve this.
Meet Ashley Struckmann, the Safe Routes to School Coordinator at RPS. She works with the elementary schools in our district to provide the education to improve knowledge, skills, and confidence in active transit to schools. She also encourages and facilitates walking and biking to school as well as works with community partners and staff to identify strengths and growth areas of current walking and biking routes, and formulates plans to address and implement improvements to ensure the safest routes to school.
MnSRTS is more than just a program. It is a comprehensive strategy to instill lifelong habits that support physical activity, health and safe behavior when walking and biking.
“I would like to see school districts recognize the importance of safe routes to school and provide funding for a coordinator position within the district to continue the important work,” Struckmann said when asked about what she hopes to see in the future. “Providing a safe and equitable environment where all students can walk, bike, and roll safely to school and in their communities.”
RPS has walk and bike routes available to view for our elementary schools.
To view, click here.