Urbana School District #116

C-U Safe Routes to School

The Champaign-Urbana Safe Routes To School Project  (C-U SRTS PROJECT) aims to make walking and bicycling to school safe and appealing for children. If more children walked or biked to school, it would reduce the number of cars near the school at pick-up and drop-off times making it safer for walkers and bicyclists and reducing traffic congestion.

The C-U Safe Routes to School Snow Removal Program provides schools with educational materials to encourage and recognize neighbors who remove snow from sidewalks and driveways. This is a very positive message campaign, thanking people for shoveling through the use of yard signs, postcards and flyers. Schools or volunteer organizations distribute materials and manage the program.

Snow Removal Encouragement Program yard sign (pdf)

C-U Safe Routes to School Project website.

Safe Walking Route Maps (current school year)

Additional Information

C-U SRTS Bicycling Safety Tips (pdf)

C-U SRTS Walking Safety Tips (pdf)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website

National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) Tips for Parents (pdf)

National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) Tips for Students (pdf)

News Release from CUMTD – Nov. 2014

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has announced that Champaign-Urbana Safe Routes to School Project (C-U SRTS Project), which is administered through the Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD) and Urbana School District 116 will receive Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant funding. 

The project will enable and encourage elementary and middle school students to walk and bike to school, in some cases even if they live far from school.  Walking and biking to school can improve health and have environmental and transportation benefits for families.

C-U SRTS Project and Urbana School District will receive $15,840 that was matched by a $2,000 contribution toward the program from both MTD and Unit 116. The project will continue and expand programming that ensures that students can use active transportation modes such as walking and biking to get safely to school.  Such programming includes the successful Walking School Bus (WSB) piloted at Leal Elementary in the spring of 2014 and expanded this fall to include Dr. Williams Elementary. The WSB uses trained volunteers who pick up children from their homes and walk them to school, much like a bus would do. C-U SRTS Project works with K-8 students to educate and encourage them to walk and bike. 

The program also works with law enforcement agencies to increase motorist compliance with state laws, such as stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks, no cell phone use in school zones, and obeying 20 MPH school zone speed limits. 

Information about the project’s programming can be found on its website at www.cu-srtsproject.com Student and parent concerns about walking and biking to school were summarized in the C-U SRTS Report prepared by Champaign County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) for the C-U SRTS Project in 2012 (www.ccrpc.org/transportation/pdf/safewalking/report/2012/CUSRTSReport_5-31-12.pdf).

C-U SRTS Project is supported by the Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District based on its mission statement:  Leading the way to greater mobility.

CONTACTS:C-U SRTS Project Grant:  Cynthia Hoyle, Chair, C-U SRTS Project, 278-9059 SRTS Grant Program Information:  Gabe Lewis, Transportation Planner, CCRPC, 328-3313