Addressing Student & Parent Perceptions to Promote Active School Travel


May 8, 2021 - Wayne R. Beyea, Tongbin <>, Timothy Gates & Annabelle Wilkinson,

Michigan State University has created a unique process for developing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) action plans for Michigan school districts and communities. The goal of SRTS is to promote safe walking and biking to school as well as sustainable transportation modes. The MSU team fosters community engagement through visioning exercises, analyzes data from parent and student surveys and walking audits, and works to address parent and student concerns and perceptions about walking and biking to school. The team uses this data to build consensus, create educational and enforcement interventions, and develop design images and engineering solutions to help communities meet their goals for the program. The MSU team works with schools and communities to develop action plans and strategies to help them prepare SRTS grant applications. This report explores the MSU team’s process through their work with the Manchester Community Schools in Manchester, Michigan.



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