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Thanksgiving Parade

Head to downtown Silver Spring for the exciting parade that traditionally kicks off the start of the holiday season.  The parade starts at Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street and proceeds south on Georgia Avenue, ending at Silver Spring Avenue. Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade | Downtown Silver Spring (silverspringdowntown.com)

Walk to School Day 2022

We enjoyed Walk to School Day at Wheaton Woods Elementary School this year. Zeal the Safety Zebra brought friends Sparky and Smokey Bear and lots of energy to celebrate being outside and getting exercise. Check out our photos Walk to School Day 2022 | Flickr and video recap of the day Walk to School Day 2022 - YouTube

Walking Wednesdays are Underway

Walking Wednesday events are held on Wednesdays throughout the school year when school is in session. Students are encouraged to walk to school safely on these days and celebrate and learn about safety tips when they get to school. If your school is interested, sign up today! Montgomery County Safe Routes to School (SRTS) (office365.com)

See photos from Walking Wednesday events
Walking Wednesday- Westbrook Elementary School | Flickr

HalloWheaton

The MCDOT Pedestrian Safety team had a spooky good time and shared information about safe walking, biking and driving. Check out the costumes and candy and prizes. HalloWheaton - 2022 | Flickr

Create a Walking School Bus

A walking school bus (WSB) is a safe and fun way for children to get physical activity as they travel (walk) to and from school with adult supervision. Each “bus” walks along a set route with one or more adults leading it, picking children up at designated stops along a predetermined route and walking them to school. Find out how Walking School Bus (montgomerycountymd.gov)

About Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a nationwide program that aims to significantly improve safety for students who walk and bike to school. The three main goals of the program are:

  • To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school.
  • To make biking and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation choice, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age.
  • To plan and build projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution.

Montgomery County’s Safe Routes to School program focuses on two main areas to enhance safety:

  • Education: Promote safety, enforce traffic rules, and encourage students to participate in the program.
  • Engineering: improve sidewalks, crosswalks, curb extensions and install traffic signs in the vicinity of schools.

View The SRTS Storymap

Sign Up for the Newsletter

Sign up to receive the quarterly Safe Routes to School (SRTS) newsletter to learn about upcoming events, safety tips, engineering updates, and ways to get involved in the program.