Planning & Economic Development

Marshfield Safe Routes to School Program

2013 Walk / Bike to School Challenge

Let's take the first step to change community culture and create environments that are more walkable for everyone! Children throughout Marshfield are encouraged to walk or bike to school on Walk to School Day 2013. This international event will be held on Wednesday, October 9th. Each Marshfield area school will plan a special event to encourage kids to walk or bike to school everyday.

A one month walk / bike to school challenge will begin on Tuesday, October 1st and run until Thursday, October 31th. Participating students are eligible to win bike helmets, t-shirts, assortment of prizes, gift cards, and one grand prize winner will recieve a new bike donated by Ministry St. Josephs Children's Hospital!

Reasons to walk or bike

  • Community awareness

  • Environmental concern

  • Physical Activity

  • Reclaiming neighborhoods

  • Reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools

  • Safety

  • Sharing time with community leaders, parents and children

Walk / Bike to School Day Poster

Walk / Bike to School Month Contest Flyer

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federally-funded initiative to encourage and enable more children, K-8th grade, to walk & bike to school. It also encourages a healthy lifestyle and aims to decrease traffic around schools and reduce pollution. For more information, visit the National Center for Safe Routes to School website at www.saferoutesinfo.org.

Wisconsin Safe Routes

Wisconsin’s SRTS Program is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The program provides assistance to local communities to create and administer SRTS Programs and fund SRTS projects. Infrastructure-related projects must be within 2-miles of an elementary or middle-school; eligible projects include such things as sidewalk improvements, crosswalks and signage. Funds are also available for non-infrastructure projects such as SRTS Plans, education materials, encouragement programs and public awareness campaigns. Grants are awarded through a statewide competitive application process. For more information on the state grant program and other helpful resources, visit the Wisconsin Safe Routes to School website at www.dot.wisconsin.gov/localgov/aid/saferoutes.htm