Center for Public Health Innovation


Americans today rely more on personal cars than ever before.  Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs aim to reduce this automobile dependency by promoting safe walking and biking to school for children across the country. 

The culture shift inspired by SRTS leads to countless benefits, including:
- Increasing the number of children who get the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day.
- Improving the sense of safety and security within neighborhoods
- Strengthening ties between families, neighbors, schools, and local organizations in efforts to encourage positive change and community building
- Reducing traffic, noise, and air pollution in school zones


Read about a local Columbus school principal who leads by example by biking to school every day! 



Columbus Public Health is committed to encouraging safe walking and bicycling in elementary and middle schools throughout Columbus City Schools.  Learn more.

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Biking, skateboarding, rollerblading and using a scooter are great ways to stay active and have fun – but it is important to bike and roll safely!  Learn more.

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Columbus Public Health created a School Travel Plan to outline the steps Columbus City Schools will take to encourage active transportation in its students.   Learn more.


Safe Routes to School resources, state and national programs, and other walking programs in your neighborhood.  Learn more.