The 5 E's

Together the 5 E’s (Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering and Evaluation) help create a long-lasting Safe Routes to School Program. A detailed description of the each of the 5 E’s can be found on the Safe Routes to School National Partnership website:




  • Bicycle Colorado and the Colorado Department of Transportation have developed a website tool that allows classrooms to track walking and biking trips across the state. Classrooms can set up a profile and record data by hand tallies on a daily or weekly basis. Then, they can compare results with classes across the state! (Please note that this website is currently in a beta form, and they would appreciate help in testing the site)
  • I Walk- The Official International Website of International Walk to School
  • Take a pledge: (files under Education and Encouragement, also saved in Amy’s intern file)
  • Tips for Engaging Middle School Students- this document was created by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and can be downloaded here.





  • Examples of easy and low-cost engineering solutions include: signage, new bike racks, crosswalk maintenance, and use of temporary safety cones.
  • Examples of higher-cost and longer projects include: new sidewalks or street reconstruction.
  • The National Center for Safe Routes to School provides an detailed look at the engineering component of Safe Routes to School:
  • Gather a team of parents and students to do a walkability or bikeability survey. Ask participants write down where there are issues in infrastructure such as fading crosswalks or damaged sidewalks. Some walkability and bikability checklists are listed below.


  • The National Center for Safe Routes to School has formatted a parent survey and student hand tally survey. After surveys have been returned and answers have been tallied, a SRTS representative can submit data and the National Center for Safe Routes to School will generate a basic report. Please check with the Denver SRTS Coordinator to see if data on your school has been collected in the past before distributing a survey.