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Safe Routes to School for Schools

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The Montgomery County Safe Routes to School program provides Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering, and Evaluation (5 E’s) to support all students.  Families, faculty, and others in the school and neighborhood can join your school’s Safe Routes to School program.  Together you will work on walking and biking education, promotion, and identifying safe ways to get to school.

It’s all about you: your school community, your neighborhood, your perceptions, and your habits. We want your school to be involved!

Why have a Safe Routes to School program?

Safe Routes to School is a partnership implementing programs that make walking and biking around our neighborhoods and schools fun, easy, safe, and healthy for all students and families in Montgomery County.



The Safe Routes to School program encompasses the following strategies in an effort to reduce traffic, improve air quality, and increase the number of students walking and biking to school:
Encouragement – Safe Routes to School provides training opportunities, information, and materials to promote walking and biking more frequently.

Enforcement – Increases awareness and reduces the frequency of traffic safety problems through a partnership with the Montgomery County Police Department.

Education – Provides students the skills and information they need to be safe pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicle passengers.

Engineering – Improves walk, bike, and school bus locations for increased safety around schools. School principals can identify concerns and get help with problems like drop-off and pick-up, road crossings, speeding traffic, and other traffic issues. The Safe Routes to School traffic engineers work year round to improve safety near schools by changing and building safety features.  Most improvements have been identified by your school’s Safe Routes to School team or other community led-approach. 

Evaluation – Safe Routes to School measures the projects results through:

Creating a Safe Routes to School Program

Starting a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer for children and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. On a broader level, SRTS programs can enhance children’s health and well-being, ease traffic congestion near the school, improve air quality and improve community members’ overall quality of life.  Use this to help you create a program at your school. 

Join School Pool

School pool is a free, interactive matching service for parents of children who attend the same school and want to share the responsibility of transporting students to school on foot or bike!  This safe and secure service matches parents with other parents in their neighborhood who are interested in organizing a walking school bus or bike train!  Some school parents may also use it for creating a carpool.  Please see the links below for more information and for the application to register your school.  

Letter to Principals

School Pool FAQ's

School Pool Application

Request more information…

We are happy to have someone speak to your PTA, Parent, School, and/or Youth group about the Safe Routes to School Program and pedestrian/bicycle safety.  To request a speaker, or for more information about the SRTS program, contact the Montgomery County Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Nadji Kirby, or 240-777-7169



For any MCDOT service request or complaint, call 311
When dialing outside of the county, call 240-777-0311 or submit via their website.

For website comments or to report website problems or broken links, please email us. This email address does not handle service requests or complaints.

 Edison Park Office · Montgomery County Department of Transportation
100 Edison Park, 4th Floor · Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878 ·
· telephone: 240-777-7170 · fax: 240-777-7178 ·