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Chicago’s Safe Routes to School Toolbox has arrived!

November 4th, 2011 · No Comments

Hot off the presses!

The Chicago Safe Routes to School Toolbox is a workbook of ideas to make walking and biking safer and more fun for kids and communities in Chicago. It includes guidelines on how to implement different projects, who to contact to get help, and plenty of resources for more information.

Contact Chelsea Richer, SRTS Program Coordinator at CDOT, for a hard copy of this Toolbox, or download a digital copy here!

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Safe Routes Ambassadors Celebrate Walk and Bike to School Month!

October 27th, 2011 · No Comments

October is designated as Walk and Bike to School month! The Safe Routes Ambassadors celebrated by hosting two events for students at three Chicago Public Schools.

On October 5th, Walk and Bike to School Day, the Safe Routes Ambassadors partnered with Hull House - Uptown Center to host a before-school celebration with posters, breakfast, safety lessons, warm-ups and walking school buses to Stockton and Stewart schools. Alderman Cappleman even paid a visit! This event was successful with support from the Safe Routes for Seniors program at CDOT, the CAPS program at CPD, Caribou Coffee, Alternatives, Inc., AAA Chicago, Clif Bar Kids, Uptown Bikes, and the Illinois Department of Transportation - Division of Traffic Safety.

These partners and others (including Calm Chicago: the Mind & Body Center, Green Monkey Catering, and Holsten Human Capital Development) will be working to make the second event just as successful. On October 31st, students from National Teacher’s Academy and their families will be able to celebrate Walk and Bike to School month at an event at Hilliard Apartments.

The Safe Routes Ambassadors support safe walking and biking throughout the year, not just during Walk and Bike to School month. For more information about the Safe Routes Ambassadors, check out our About Us page!

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Schedule the Safe Routes Ambassadors for 2011-2012!

July 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Our schedule for the 2011-2012 school year is wide open! Help us fill it up — visit the Request the Safe Routes Ambassadors page to find all the forms you need to schedule us for this coming year.

As always, if you have any questions about what we offer or how to schedule, please feel free to email or call the program coordinator at 312-744-3019 or chelsea.richer@cityofchicago.org.

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SRA job listing is now closed.

July 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

To everyone who applied for the Safe Routes Ambassador position, thanks for making this our biggest year of applicants yet! The job posting is now closed.

Stay tuned for more announcements about Safe Routes to School in Chicago!

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The Safe Routes Ambassadors are hiring!

July 5th, 2011 · No Comments

The Safe Routes Ambassadors are hiring! Applications are due by 5pm on July 22, 2011. Please see the full application here!

Have a safe, active summer!

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Highlights from the 2010-2011 School Year

June 9th, 2011 · No Comments

The Safe Routes Ambassadors had quite a successful year! Highlights include:

-A fantastic Walk and Bike to School Day event at Hayt School on October 6th, 2010, in partnership with Safe Kids Chicago.

-19 Crossing Guards honored for Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on May 3, 2011. All of these Crossing Guards were nominated by community members and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Safe Routes Ambassadors, most of which were hand-delivered!

-Over100 schools visited, nearly 11,000 students reached with pedestrian and bicycle safety skills training

-Over 50% of those students received a second visit from the Safe Routes Ambassadors. Second graders had the opportunity to practice those safety skills by going on a neighborhood safety walk, and fifth graders had the chance to expand their knowledge about traffic safety through an outdoor experiment and a discussion about speed limits!

-”Drive Safe! School Zone” signs distributed to 15 schools to help bring extra awareness to drivers around schools (email chelsea.richer@cityofchicago.org to request these signs for your school!)

We are looking forward to the 2011-2012 school year! Stay tuned for more information on how to request the Ambassadors and for news about new programming options for next year!

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Crossing Guard Appreciation Day - May 3, 2011

April 4th, 2011 · No Comments

Celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Day with the Safe Routes Ambassadors!

The Safe Routes Ambassadors are celebrating Crossing Guard Appreciation Day this year on May 3, 2011, the official day designated by Governor Quinn.  You can nominate your favorite Crossing Guard here! Share stories about why this Crossing Guard is especially meaningful to you, and your Crossing Guard will be honored during the week of May 3 with a certificate of appreciation from the Safe Routes Ambassadors and the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Crossing Guards play an integral role in our lives, helping students get to school safely in the morning and afternoons. They work all school year, rain or shine! Let’s say “Thanks!” to our Crossing Guards on May 3, 2011.

Additional information on how you can celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Day can be found at www.activetrans.org/crossingguard.

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Safe Routes to School Survey!

November 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Hey Chicago Parents!

The Chicago Department of Transportation wants to hear YOUR opinions about walking and biking to school! Take the 5-minute survey online:


The responses we collect will help us understand more about student transportation, and could help shape future programming for youth pedestrian and bicycling efforts!

Thanks for your time!

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International Walk and Bike to School Day - October 6, 2010!

June 24th, 2010 · No Comments

It isn’t too early to start planning your Walk and Bike to School Day festivities! This year, the international celebration to encourage students to walk and bike to school falls on Wednesday, October 6.

As in years past, the Safe Routes Ambassadors will be hosting one flagship event at a lucky elementary school in Chicago! At the flagship school, the Ambassadors will provide event planning support, giveaways and safety education on the day of the event. If you would like to nominate your school to host the Ambassadors, please take a minute to fill out the form here.

For more resources, ideas and activities that you can do on Walk and Bike to School Day, visit the International Walk and Bike to School Day website.

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Crossing Guard Appreciation Day recap; International Walk and Bike to School Day coming up!

May 11th, 2010 · No Comments

The Safe Routes Ambassadors received a total of 27 nominations for 13 individuals to receive letters of commendation and certificates of appreciation. These awards were handed out in the week following Crossing Guard Appreciation Day, which was May 4th, 2010.

Stay tuned for next year’s celebration…. In the meantime, thank your crossing guard every day, and get geared up for International Walk and Bike to School Day!

You can register your event here, and a form will be available soon to indicate interest in hosting the Safe Routes Ambassadors as the 2010 flagship school.

Each year, the Safe Routes Ambassadors host an event at one lucky school in Chicago, helping to coordinate, bring attention to, and support the school’s walking and biking efforts! Flagship schools in years past include:

2009: Grimes Elementary

2008: Till Elementary

2007: Peterson Elementary

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