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Safe Routes to School in Ohio

Ohio Safe Routes to School State Network

Ohio was one of seven jurisdictions participating in the Safe Routes to School state network project (network project), funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 2013 until February, 2015.  The network project's goal was to advance state-level policy reform, resulting in the award and obligation of federal transportation funds, street-scale improvements and joint-use agreements.

To view the most updated version of the Ohio Safe Routes Action Plan, click here. You can follow activities of the Ohio Safe Routes to School state network in our blog section and on Ohio Safe Routes Network website; this site features Ohio meeting announcements, information and local success stories.

Funding for Safe Routes to School 

ODOT Safe Routes to School 2015 Application Round: The Ohio Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School application round is open, applications due March 2, 2015 - visit this website for Infrastructure, Non-Infrastructure and School Travel Plan tips and online application!

State Advisory Committee

Ohio has formed a State Advisory Committee that includes representatives from: the Departments of Health, Education and Public Safety, the Ohio School Facilities Commission, advocacy groups, education, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, as well as ODOT personnel. 

State Outreach Programs

NEW!  Safe Cycling video and materials, just in time for Bike to Work month! The Ohio Department of Transportation has a new video and materials to help teach kids and families bicycle safety!  In partnership with Yay Bikes!, the "Riding Right" video demonstrates the best "rules of the road" and bike position for cyclists of all ages. Check under "Teaching Bicycle Safety"  on the Every Move You Make Education and Encouragement page.

NEW! SRTS Lesson Plans and Educational Resources!  The Ohio Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School “Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe” educational outreach effort has added a exciting resource - Safe Routes to School Lesson Guides for grades K-8, that are aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards!  Other resources offered include Ohio Youth show choir video, Safe Cycling video and materials, and other resources is designed to make learning walking and bicycling safety easy and appealing to help more young students enjoy the benefits these activities bring.

Ohio Department of Transportation/LTAP Workshops:  The Ohio Department of Transportation offers training programs to schools, districts, health departments and local governments seeking to create safer environments around their schools and in their community for students walking or biking to school.  To schedule training or get more information on the programs listed below, click here.

Walking School Bus Training
School Crossing Guard Training *NEW*

Evaluation Methods

Applicants are encouraged to submit evaluation data using the National Center for Safe Routes to School Student Arrival and Departure Tally Sheet and Parent Survey. ODOT requires awarded projects and STP’s to use the online evaluation tools.

Ohio Partner Affiliates

Find out which organizations in your state have pledged their support for the Safe Routes to School movement. If your organization isn't yet a partner affilate, we would love for you to join us; it's free! Find more info on joining here.

Existing Legislation and Policies

Ohio Bicycle Laws - Compiled by the Ohio Bicycle Federation

Mid Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) - Complete Streets Policy

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) - Complete Streets Policy

City of Westerville - Complete Streets Policy

City of Piqua - Complete Streets Policy

Other Statewide and Regional Programs

Columbus Public Health Safe Routes to School Program - Safe Routes to School in the Classroom, adopted by Columbus Public School District

Cincinnati Public Schools  - Safe Routes to School Program

Success Stories

If you would like to submit a success story for consideration, please email it to Kate Moening.

2014 Safe Routes to School Upcoming Funding Round Open!

Safe Routes To School Upcoming Funding Round!

Chagrin Falls wins National Oberstar Award!

August 22, 2012 - Chagrin Falls, Ohio has been awarded the Safe Routes to School National Oberstar Award by the National Center for Safe Routes to School! This national award recognizes outstanding and innovative achievement in promoting safe walking and biking to school, and is the highest honor a Safe Routes to School program can receive. For more information, click here.

ODOT Awards $16 million in 2012 Safe Routes to School funding!

May 30, 2012 - The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) announced the awarding of $16 million in anticipated federal transportation funds for 68 projects through the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program- the highest single year funding of Safe Routes to School projects ever - Click here for more information! 

"Every Move You Make, Keep It Safe" Video wins 2012 Award!

The Ohio Department of Transporation's "Every Move You Make, Keep it Safe" video won a Central Ohio Public Relations Society of America Best of Show Award in April, 2012- click here to watch!


Safe Routes to School State Network Project:

Field Services Manager
Kate Moening
(614) 269-7085

Safe Routes to School Federal Program:

Ohio DOT SRTS Coordinator
Julie Walcoff
(614) 466-3049
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