Rural communities can be great places for walking and bicycling – but they require some different techniques from what urban or suburban communities would use.  The Safe Routes to School National Partnership created the following factsheets to help rural families enjoy bicycling and walking on those lovely calm streets, while assisting in developing strategies for overcoming the challenges that may be there too.

Rural Communities: Making Safe Routes Work: highlighting why Safe Routes to School is so good for rural communities

Rural Communities: Best Practices and Promising Approaches for Safe Routes: delves into the challenges of Safe Routes to School in rural areas, and highlights successful rural programs and the innovative approaches they’ve used to overcome hurdles

Rural Communities: A Two Pronged Approach for Improving Walking and Bicycling: a broad look at for how rural communities can support walking and bicycling more broadly 

Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers: Active transportation programs directly benefit America’s youth, and thus can help rural areas to retain talented young people and families. Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements (TE) and other programs have made dramatic differences in the safety, health and quality of life for numerous children and families in rural communities from Florida to Idaho. 

This Report Brief from the Rails to Trails Conservancy is a good overview of important study findings.

 

 

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