The Policies

This Workbook contains 26 policy provisions. For convenience, we have categorized each policy provision as "beginner," "intermediate," or "advanced" to assist you in navigating the options and finding policy options that are appropriate for your district. The categorizations are based on each policy's complexity and likely impact on levels of walking and bicycling. Note that the categories are not mutually exclusive; users should consider all elements to develop the most comprehensive policy possible.


Policies categorized as “beginner” are appropriate for districts that are just getting started with Safe Routes to School. At the same time, these policies form a critical foundation for all districts, including those that are ready to take on more.


Policies categorized as “intermediate” are somewhat more complex than “beginner” policies. They may be more appropriate for a district that has already engaged with Safe Routes to School or that has a higher level of commitment to Safe Routes to School. However, it is possible that a district that is just getting started may find particular intermediate policy options appropriate.


Advanced policies are more complex, and are likely to have a more significant and long-term impact on the amount of walking and bicycling by students. Districts that are considering these policies should also review the policy options in the other categories in order to create a comprehensive policy.

Users of this document should be aware that every funding source has different requirements governing the appropriate use of their funds. Under U.S. law, no federal funds are permitted to be used for lobbying or to influence, directly or indirectly, specific pieces of pending or proposed legislation at the federal, state, or local levels. Organizations should consult appropriate legal counsel to ensure compliance with all rules, regulations, and restrictions of any funding sources.