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Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School Pilot Project at Harrison Parkway Elementary School

With a grant from the Indiana State Department of Health, the City of Fishers implemented a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) pilot project in partnership with Harrison Parkway Elementary.

Safe Routes to School is a national program that works with community leaders to build better sidewalks, improve pedestrian crossings, teach children better walking skills, and promote healthier, more active lifestyles.
Participation Opportunities for Students Outside the Walk Zone
The pilot program included fun contests which offered students outside the walk zone opportunities to participate. They included the following:    
  • An “Every Step Counts” contest – Each grade counted their steps for a week. The class with the highest per capita steps received extra recess time & a special lunch in May!
  • An essay contest – Submittals were due May 6th. Top essays received gift cards for two for Sky Zone.

Implications from this Program
Following the implementation of a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) pilot program at Harrison Parkway Elementary, the community development department compiled documentation of our program. This plan serves as a model for other communities to replicate when considering SRTS programs.

The plan was presented to the Hamilton Southeastern School Board and the Fishers City Council in June 2015, and will be used by the Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Wellness and Physical Activity as a model for other communities to emulate. View the Safe Routes to School plan for additional details about the pilot program.