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Safe Routes to School
Walk to School Days
Walking School Buses
Steps in the Right Direction: Pedestrian and Community Advocacy Education
Workshops and Training
Some of the Schools We Have Worked With


Safe Routes to School

Trailnet’s Safe Routes to School programming works with children, parents, schools, and communities to increase health and lower pollution by getting kids and families out biking and walking more often, especially to and from school. Over the last 40 years, the number of children being driven to school has increased, community streets and spaces where children gather bear greater congestion and traffic safety issues, air quality where children play suffers, and childhood obesity has tripled. Trailnet’s Safe Routes to School program goal is to create lifelong healthy habits.

Contact Taylor March at taylor@trailnet.org with any questions.

Walk to School Days

Walk to School Days are designed to be fun and encouraging once-a-semester events for both kids and families. Focused on getting families out to experience the walk (or bike) to school together, these events can be an eye-opener for parents who think they don’t have time to get their kids to school without a car or bus. It is also a great way to get school district staff, police and elected officials out into the neighborhoods to see what kids deal with on a daily basis. Trailnet can give you the tools you need to organize events like this and take additional steps to get parents and kids out and active before and after school.

Walking School Buses

A Walking School Bus is an adult-led program for children who walk to school, designed to encourage parents/community members to participate in getting kids to walk or bike safely to school. It works in much the same way a school bus would drive them to school. Like a traditional bus, walking buses have a fixed route with designated “bus stops” and “pick up times.” Trailnet can give you the guidance and support you need to organize and promote a Walking School Bus at your school.

Steps in the Right Direction: Pedestrian and Community Advocacy Education

Steps in the Right Direction is a customizable, multi-session Trailnet program developed to introduce elementary school students to community advocacy and educate them about pedestrian safety. Communication and leadership skills are taught as we work with the students to take on a pedestrian or bike safety advocacy project around their school or in their immediate community. The goal is for the kids to learn pedestrian safety and simultaneously create positive change within their community. Groups or schools that are interested in this program should know that this curriculum can be customized to a specific urban, suburban or rural environment, and can include bike safety education as well.

Workshops and Training

Trailnet provides at least one free workshop each year for parents, school officials, and community members interested in increasing the number of kids already walking and biking to school, decreasing the amount of traffic and air pollution around their school in the morning and afternoons, and/or creating a safer environment for all their school’s children.

Any school, group, or organization interested in exploring these topics can contact Taylor March at taylor@trailnet.org to set up a customized workshop focused on the needs of their particular school or community.

Some of the Schools We Have Worked With

  • Webster Groves School District: Avery Elementary, Bristol Elementary, Clark Elementary, Edgar Road Elementary, Hudson Elementary, Webster Groves Computer School
  • University City School District: Flynn Park Elementary, Jackson Park Elementary
  • St. Louis Public School District: Froebel Literacy Academy, Meramec Elementary, Walbridge CEFSS
  • Private Schools: Christ the King (University City), Confluence Academy (South City)

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