Welcome to Reeths-Puffer's Safe Routes to School Community Survey

Thank you for taking part in the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Community Survey for the Reeths-Puffer's Schools participating in the major grant action planning process. This survey is intended to provide additional input to the local SRTS committee. The results of the survey will be used to develop a SRTS Action Plan which can be used in the application for a federal SRTS grant (see the Safe Routes Michigan website for further information).

For more information about this planning process, please reach out to the school or city staff.

Please note that all responses to this survey are anonymous. 

The Reeths- Puffer School District is in the process of developing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Action Plans for RP elementary, RP intermediate, & RP high schools. These action plans may be used to apply for federal SRTS grants to make infrastructure and programming improvements locally to ensure students can safely walk and bike to and from school. 

What is Safe Routes to School?
Purpose of SRTS:

1.   To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and ride bikes to school

2.   To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age

3.   To facilitate planning, development, and implementation of projects/activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of school

SRTS Action Plan Components

Success is achieved by focusing on the “Six E’s” of Safe Routes to School to ensure that the action plan is well-rounded and multifaceted. This approach will ultimately aim to motivate more students to walk and bike to school instead of using other means of transportation. The Six E's of Safe Routes to School include:

Engage committee members, organizations and residents, to build intentional, ongoing engagement into the program structure
Equity by means of ensuring all recommendations benefit students from all backgrounds in the community
Engineer physical improvements to streets and neighborhoods to increase comfort, safety, and convenience
Educate students and parents about the safety and benefits of non-motorized transportation 
Encourage students to walk, bicycle, and roll to school with different events, activities, and programs
Evaluate the perceptions and effectiveness of recommendations before and after their implementation

Who is involved?
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) manages the program and the Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) administers the SRTS program. The Michigan Fitness Foundation provides technical assistance to develop local action plans. School principals, assistant principals, parents, students, teachers, local road authorities, and municipal staff, and others are vital in the formation of the action plans, potential grant applications, and implementation.

Safe Routes to School Grant
SRTS is a federally funded program that was established in August 2005 by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU) and funding continued to be eligible under subsequent transportation bills.

Infrastructure grants cover built environment improvements such as sidewalks, crosswalks, bump-outs, etc.
Non-infrastructure grants are