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South Washington County Schools

Ph: 651-425-5303
Fx: 651-425-5313
Office Hours:
5:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Office Address:

8587 W. Point Douglas Rd. S.

Cottage Grove, MN 55016-3025

Safe Routes to School

What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes to School is a national movement to create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to bike and walk to and from schools. The movement also works to ease traffic congestion, improve air quality, unite neighborhoods and contribute to more walk/bike-friendly communities.


Why does District 833 participate in Safe Routes to School?

Keeping all children safe on the school commute is a priority and a shared community responsibility. South Washington County Schools joined the Safe Routes to School initiative to engage public safety, families, and other community members and organizations to seek collaborative solutions on safer and healthier school commutes. School parking lots and nearby roads were not created for the number of family cars waiting in line every day at drop off and pick up times. Traffic congestion problems are compounded by unsafe driving behaviors and valuable district and Public Safety resources are called upon to mitigate safety concerns. 


What can you do?

Rethink your school commute patterns and the choices open to your family.  Review the preferred travel choices below that will lead to less automobile traffic at your school and improved safety conditions and air quality for everyone.  Participate in Bike and Walk to School days to experience conditions around the school and learn about best practices liking a walking school bus.   There are many ways that you can contribute to greater health, wellness, and safety through the Safe Routes to School program.  

Rethink Your Commute Campaign in District 833

Do your part to reduce traffic, improve health and safety, and go green.

If you live in walking boundaries: 

Walk or bike to school

  • Consider a walking school bus – adult supervised walks with two or more families and shared coordination.    
If you are assigned a school bus:                

Ride the bus to school

If you must drive:    

Carpool to reduce the number of cars in the queue

  • If your school has an alternative drop-off site, use it.
  • Turn off your engine while waiting in line – don’t idle.
  • Drive carefully and observe school procedures and laws
  • Single Family Car Drop Off – used for occasional personal needs

Other Ways to Get Involved in SRTS in SWCS

  • Talk with your building principal or a district SRTS coordinator to help coordinate school activities.
  • Participate in or volunteer at a school on Walk or Bike to School days.  
  • Start a walking school bus with friends or neighbors, if possible.
  • Work with your school to promote the Safe Routes to School mission and activities.
  • Become more aware of commutes and safety and make recommendations for low-cost improvements.  
  • If you are a business, donate incentives and/or volunteer at Bike and Walk to School Days.

What are Walk and Bike to School Days?

Walk to School Day and Bike to School Day began in 1997 as a one-day event aimed at building awareness for the need for walkable communities.  Over time, this event has been part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school.  Today, thousands of schools across America and in more than 40 countries worldwide celebrate walking to school every October.  Biking to School day was added in 2012.  While the focus of each day may be different, all forms of non-motorized transportation are encouraged.  


What is a Walking School Bus?

It is a group of children walking to school under the supervision of one or more adults. It can be informal with two or more families taking turns walking their children to school or more formal with a structured route, meeting points and a regularly rotated schedule of volunteers. To get one started, talk to other families in your neighborhood and take turns to help relieve scheduling issues. For more information, visit walkingschoolbus.org and view Lyndale Community School's walking school bus video.  


Benefits of Safe Routes to School Choices

  • Walking/biking to school is healthy and fun – where possible.  
  • When adults are out and about with kids, neighborhoods are more connected, safer and more fun.      
  • More children on the bus, walking/biking and carpooling means less road congestion and safer conditions.      
  • Children breathe cleaner air with decreased automobile emissions and learn green, sustainable values.