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National Organizations Supporting Local Safe Routes to School

The following national-level organizations offer resources appropriate for local SRTS programs:

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Through the community-based KidsWalk to School Program, the CDC aims to make routes to school active and safe in order to encourage daily physical activity and health.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

In 2009, the EPA issued voluntary school siting guidelines that include SRTS in order to improve the health of people and the surrounding environment.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

RWJF gives grants to programs (such as SRTS) that combat childhood obesity and benefit the health of Americans. In 2009, it also published a report that explored "the challenges and opportunities raised during the implementation of the Safe Routes to School program."

Safe Kids USA

Safe Kids USA is a national organization that works to prevent accidents involving children. In 2000, Safe Kids worked with FedEx to launch the Walk This Way Program. The program hosts walk to school events on International Walk to School Day, leads year-round school safety committees, and has provided grants to "communities that plan communities to work with city leaders, traffic engineers and metropolitan planning organizations to improve safety for child pedestrians at high-risk locations."