Safe Routes to School (SR2S)
What Is Safe Routes to School?
SR2S conducts monthly morning community events that celebrate walking, biking, scooting, carpooling, and taking the bus to school. At participating Lexington schools, these “Walking Wednesdays” are held on the second Wednesday of most months. Concentrating on safety, exercise, and fostering a sense of community, these efforts have been effective in increasing the number of Lexington students who walk, bike, bus, or carpool and in decreasing emissions through reducing the number of cars and idling at our schools.
In addition, we collaborate with Bowman teachers to conduct pedestrian, bicycle, and helmet safety training for our students. These programs are conducted with support from Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassRides and WalkBoston.
At Bowman, parent volunteers coordinate the program and are members of the PTA Board.
What’s the Big Picture?
Implemented at Bowman in the Spring of 2006, SR2S is supported by the Lexington Public Schools, Superintendent, and Principals. The Lexington Sidewalk Committee leads the town program, which is currently active at four elementary schools and one middle school.
Lexington SR2S is backed by state and federal organizations. Massachusetts maintains the Department of Transportation’s MassRides program, while the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration funds the National Center for Safe Routes to School located at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.
Carpool and Ride the Bus
Where it is not feasible to walk and the bus does not suit your routine, please consider carpooling to school.
Parents are responsible for helping their children make safe choices in Safe Routes to School event days. See our “Be a Safe Walker” flyer for tips to share with your children.
For more information or if you are interested in being a Safe Routes to School organizer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.