SRTS programs use a variety of strategies to improve the ability for children to safely walk and bicycle to school. Many Denver schools struggle with traffic congestion and environmental pollution. Additionally, an increasing number of children in our communities engage in less daily physical activity, contributing to Denver’s growing childhood obesity epidemic. Successful SRTS programs involve the whole community - parents, children, schools, the city, residents, neighborhoods, non-profit organizations and public health agencies.
In Denver, SRTS programming utilizes a Coalition made up of partners from Denver Environmental Health, Denver Public Schools, Denver Public Health, Denver Public Works, Bicycle Colorado, BikeDenver, Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership, Walk Denver, Livewell Colorado and others. Together, this Coalition is actively working to develop systematic programming so that all Denver communities can achieve state and regional Safe Routes to Schools goals.
The approach used in Denver is modeled after many successful programs around the country that use the 5 E’s (Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, and Evaluation). The 5 E approach ensures the program works across the entire system since one “E” alone cannot create lasting change.