In 2005, Congress provided funding for each state to have a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. SRTS enables and encourages children, including those with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to and from school. SCDOT's Safe Routes to School Program assists schools and communities in the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools while promoting a healthy lifestyle for children and their parents.
Selected schools will be required to design a comprehensive Safe Routes to School Plan specific to that school. This plan must incorporate the Five E's of Safe Routes to School: Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation. SRTS Workshops will aid in the designing of a comprehensive SRTS Plan.
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