Project Resources

General Resources
Resources for Low Cost Bikes and Bike Helmets
Data, Program, and Policy Resources
Infrastructure/Engineering Project Resources
School Sitting, Smart Growth, High Performance Schools & Health

Remember, the most successful way to increase bicycling and walking is through a comprehensive approach that includes the “Five E’s” (Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering, and Evaluation).

The following websites are resources we encourage you to review in developing an exciting and effective program in your school area.  


Colorado Safe Routes to School –

This website contains information about Colorado Safe Routes to School with links to the resources contained here.  Information on past grant recepients, current applications, bicycle and pedestrian curriculum are all available.  Past issues of The Spin e-newsletter of the Colorado SRTS State Network can also be found here.

National Center for Safe Routes to School –
The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program.  The organization also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation.

National Center for Safe Routes to School – Parent Survey and Student Travel Tally -
Online tracking system for local schools. This system provides a way for local and regional SRTS champions to enter and view data collected using the standardized Student Travel Tally and Parent Survey questionnaires.

Safe Routes to School Guide -
This guide is a comprehensive online reference manual designed to support SRTS programs. One of the basic tenets of pedestrian and bicycle safety is that to be effective, safety programs must be comprehensive - involving engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement, and evaluation. This online guide provides “one-stop shopping” on all aspects of SRTS.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership –
A network of organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, leverage infrastructure and program funding and advance policy change to help agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs.

Colorado Safe Routes to School State Network -
The Colorado SRTS State Network links individuals, agencies, and organizations throughout the state that are working to maximize and promote opportunities for children to safely walk and bike to and from.  The Network produces a monthly e-newsletter, The Spin, which is designed to facilitate information sharing about programs and ideas around Colorado SRTS.



Local SRTS programs occasionally provide bicycle helmets and bicycles for students at their schools.  It is not always easy to find a source for free helmets and bicycles but here are a few ideas for low cost helmets and recycled bicycles. Keep in mind there is no evidence to support that giving helmets away for free changes long-term compliance with kids wearing helmets. Helmets should be “CPSC certified” as required by law. CDOT does not endorse any bicycle helmet products.

HelmetsRUs –
A non-profit company that works directly with non-profit organizations and schools in effort to promote bicycle safety. They “supply quality helmets that meet the highest safety standards at the lowest prices”. They have bicycle, muli-sport, skate, and recreational ski/snowboard helmets.

ProRider –
ProRider is a helmet manufacturer that distributes both bicycle and ski helmets. They have a CNS (Children-N-Safety) Bike Helmets Program for Organizations and CHS Bike Helmets Program for Schools.

Safe Kids Colorado -
The Safe Kids state or local Coalition may be able to connect you with discounted Bell Sport helmets.

Two Wheelin Tots -

Two Wheeling Tots is two moms on a mission to help families and caregivers find the best in bikes. From balance bikes, trailers and pedal bikes to information about fit, riding style, and products, here you will find a wealth of time-saving, helpful information.  



Many of the following programs have only a local focus. Consider contacting those who have a presence in your community. Check for similar efforts in your area.

Bike Depot (Denver)
A local Denver community bike shop that supports Denver communities with a wide range of bicycling programs, services and products. They have a full service bike shop offering new and used bikes and accessories, an affordable service menu and a Fix Your Bike program that allows anyone to utilize their shop space and tools with the help of volunteer mechanics.  Donated bicycles are recycled to low income local residents through their Earn A Bike programs or refurbished and sold in their bicycle shop to support community service programs.

Community Cycles (Boulder) -
Community Cycles is a nonprofit organization of bicycle enthusiasts in the Boulder are that provide recycled bikes and space to learn about bicycle repair, maintenance and operation through outreach and advocacy activities.  Community Cycles supports schools, businesses and other organizations interested in establishing a bike fleet program.  Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway together with Boulder Community Hospital provides kids 10 and under with a new helmet.

Fort Collins Bicycle Co-Op (Fort Collins) -
The Fort Collins Bicycle Co-Op’s mission is to keep the Fort Collins community riding, including those who can't afford to buy a bike; to educate their neighbors in all things bike-related including bike maintenance, bicycle education and safety; to keep good bikes out of the landfill and to recycle poorly built or unsafe bikes; and to refurbish and donate bicycles for a wide variety of charity events and programs for those in need.

Golden Optimists (Golden) -
The Optimists recycle and repair bicycles and give them to those in need. They receive donations from various organizations including the Lakewood Police Department and University of Colorado Boulder.  They recycle and donate to low income and physically challenged individuals.

Kids On Bikes (Colorado Springs) -
Let’s Pedal Earn-A-Bike program is offered to 3rd through 5th graders, allowing them to earn their own bicycle. Bike Mobile fleet and repair stations visit neighborhood parks. They also provide a Bike Library Clinic and host a variety of rides for kids and families that are free and open to the public.

Lucky Bikes Recyclery (Denver) -
Lucky Bikes Recyclery is a community-based retail bike shop selling used and new bicycles, parts, and apparel, as well as offering a full-service menu to underserved communities of Denver.

Recycle Bicycles (Denver) -
Recycle Bicycles receives donations of used bicycles and related items and their volunteers repair and redistribute them at no cost to inner city shelters, housing projects and schools.

Bike State 38 -
Bike State 38 is a statewide bike ride web source for Colorado cycling events and bike tours. Its Cycling With a Cause page under Resources provides a number of youth-oriented programs and services.

Local Service Organizations
Local service organizations such as the Elks, Kiwanis, Jaycees, and Rotary occasionally have funding for local projects. This might be a good place to look for funding and even volunteer support for your bike rodeos.

Local Organizations
Talk to your local chamber of commerce, local businesses (e.g., local automobile dealership), a local foundation, an endowment, a union, or the local hospital or clinic. Some hospitals, as part of their trauma program, have brain trauma/bike safety education programs and some have bike helmets to distribute.

Look to retailers as a source for inexpensive helmets (ensure they have the same impact protection of more expensive helmets) – Target, WalMart, Toys “R” Us,



Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) – 
A national clearinghouse of pedestrian and bicycle information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access and mobility, the PBIC is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and housed within the UNC Highway Safety Research Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

The PBIC manages several websites, produces a variety of reports, guides and case studies, and offers training and technical assistance.

PBIC Websites

  • pedbikeimages.orgA searchable collection of more than 3,000 categorized images related to walking and bicycling.
  • biketoworkinfo.orgA resource for planning and holding a bike-to-work event.
  • A national recognition program to encourage towns and communities to establish or recommit to supporting safer walking environments.

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP)
APBP offers technical training and resources to build capacity for sustainable transportation, including a monthly webinar series, the biennial Professional Development Seminar, Complete Streets and pedestrian accessibility workshops, and the Bicycle Parking Guidelines, 2nd Edition.

Bicycle Colorado’s mission is to encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions and provide a voice for cyclists in Colorado. They work with schools and communities to teach children to walk and bike to school safely.

People for Bikes (formerly Bikes Belong)
People for Bikes advocates for bicycling on a national level. In the “Get Local” section of their website, they provide key stats, local shops, grants, and protected bike lanes in Colorado.

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – KidsWalk-to-School –
A guide to promote walking to school, by the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.  

Children’s Safety Network Pedestrian Safety 2014 Resource Guide -
This resource guide provides a comprehensive, annotated list of resources for pedestrian safety.  The guide is divided into eight sections: Data; Safe Routes to School; Pedestrian Safety for Preschoolers; Other Programs, Strategies and Campaigns; Program Planning; Implementation and Evaluation; Policy; Research; and Distracted Walking.

CDOT – Safety Data Sources & Information -  
The Office of Transportation Safety (OTS) conducts an annual analysis of Colorado crashes and collisions and traffic safety data and presents the information in the Problem Identification Report. They also provide the Colorado Integrated Safety Plan and other traffic safety statistics on this website.

Federal Highway Adminstration (FHWA) Bicycle & Pedestrian Program
The FHWA Bicycle & Pedestrian Program issues guidance and is responsible for overseeing that requirements in legislation are understood and met by the States and other implementing agencies.

On this site you can find information about the amount of federal funding spent on pedestrian and bicycle projects in your state, available federal funding sources, existing legislation, and guidance about accessible design.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Safe Routes to School –
The information on the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) webpages remains in effect for SRTS funds apportioned in Federal fiscal years 2005 through 2012.

The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) authorized the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), which replaced the funding from pre-MAP-21 programs including the Transportation Enhancement Activities, Recreational Trails Program, and Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS).  MAP-21 does not provide specific funding for SRTS, but SRTS projects are eligible for TAP funds and for Surface Transportation Program (STP) funds. TAP provisions and requirements apply to projects using TAP funds.

For information about SRTS under TAP, see:

Fire Up Your Feet Colorado  
Fire Up Your Feet, supported by SRTS National Partnership, Kaiser Permanente, and the National PTA, offers ways to help motivate families and schools or PTA groups to walk more, play more and realize the joy of being physically active. In just three simple steps, get fired up and on your way to a healthy school! Challenge Awards and other fundraising ideas are available.

League of American Bicyclists
The League advocates for bicycling on the federal level. They also provide education programs, help create better biking environments, promote bicycling as the option of choice, and help create bicycle-friendly communities. 

National Center for Biking and Walking
The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) is a program at Project for Public Spaces, Inc.  The NCBW provides support to help make your community more physically active and healthier with resources, direct assistance, and training.  Consulting services include Safe Routes to School, and they host the Pro Walk/Pro Bike national conference.

National Center for Safe Routes to School
Refer to the NC SRTS for studies and reports on the SRTS program.

  • Trends in Walking and Bicycling to School from 2007 to 2013 (2014)
  • Impact of the Safe Routes to School Program on Walking and Bicycling (2014)
  • Shifting Modes: A Comparative Analysis of SRTS Program Elements and Travel Mode Outcomes

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) -
NHTSA has a number of resources that are relevant to Safe Routes to School programs. Among the many resources available on their website:

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – Livability
This website focuses on assisting communities with building more livable communities. Areas of focus include:

  • Livability Discussion Board
  • Livability Resources Online 
  • Sustainable Rural Communities Report

U.S. EPA –
A school that is safe and easy for students, teachers, parents, and other community members to reach on foot or by bicycle helps reduce the air pollution from automobile use, protecting children's health. Building schools compactly and in the neighborhoods they serve minimizes the amount of paved surface they create, which can help protect water quality by reducing polluted runoff.

Walk/Bike to School
This website is maintained by the National Center for SRTS at the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center and is funded by US DOT.  This site provides many resources for setting up, promoting, and supporting your on-going Walk to School Day or Bike to School Day event.  Register your WTSD/BTSE events each year on this website.



As a reminder, Colorado SRTS did not fund infrastructure projects in FY2015. We are providing these for your reference as you consider all possible solutions for your safe routes to school barriers.

The U.S. Access Board is a federal agency that promotes equality for people with disabilities through leadership in accessible design and the development of accessibility guidelines and standards for the built environment, transportation, communication, medical diagnostic equipment, and information technology.

New guidelines being developed by the Board include access to public rights-of-way, including sidewalks, intersections, street crossings, and on-street parking. The Board is also addressing access to shared-use paths providing off-road means of transportation and recreation.

American Association of State Highway and Traffic Officials (AASHTO) –
AASHTO is a standards-setting body which publishes specifications, test protocols and guidelines used in highway design and construction throughout the United States. The association represents not only highways but air, rail, water, and public transportation as well.

  • Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities, 4th edition
  • AASHTO Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities, 1st edition

CDOT – Local Agency Manual
The main purpose of the CDOT Local Agency Manual is to assist local agency personnel (a public agency, local public agency, established public owned organization, or private interest that can legally enter into an agreement with CDOT for a transportation project) involved in the design, construction, and management of State and Federally funded projects. The Manual is also recommended for CDOT personnel who manage Local Agency projects.

CDOT Roadway Design Guide, Chapter 14 Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities -
This chapter provides detailed design criteria, standards, and guidance for the development of bicycle and pedestrian facilities to meet federal and CDOT standards.

Institute of Transportation Engineers – Traffic Calming
The Traffic Calming Library contains a searchable database of reports, articles and other documents related to traffic calming. They have briefing sheets intended for use by transportation engineers and planners for the development and implementation of SRTS programs.



Children's Active Commuting to School: Current Knowledge and Future Directions - CDC (2008)-

Children who walk or bicycle to school have higher daily levels of physical activity and better cardiovascular fitness than do children who do not actively commute to school.

Colorado Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CO-CHPS) -
CO-CHPS creates a benchmark for the design and construction of Colorado high performance school buildings that are efficient, comfortable, environmentally responsible and healthy spaces. 

High Performing School Certification Program –
The HPSP ensures best building practices are being utilized by schools for new construction and major renovations. Schools can receive guidance on how to achieve a High Performance Certification.

Intergovernmental Collaboration and School Facility Siting -
Report shares results of effort o improve communication and collaboration between school boards and local governments in selecting sites for schools.

How do school siting policies affect school travel patterns? -
Examples of what some communities are doing around school siting that supports walkability and bike-ability.

Schools as Centers of Community: A Citizens' Guide for Planning and Design - U.S. Dept. of Education (archived) -
This guide outlines a practical introduction to a process for engaging all educational stakeholders in the process of planning schools that more adequately address the needs of the whole learning community.

Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting - EPA (2003) -
Study empirically examined the relationship between school locations, the built environment around schools, how kids get to school, and the impact on air emissions of those travel choices.

Helping Johnny Walk to School - National Trust for Historic Preservation -
Recommendations for policies and practices preventing the retention or development of community-centered school.

Safe Routes to School and Health – Understanding the Physical Activity Benefits of Walking and Bicycling to School – National Center for Safe Routes to School -
This report looks at the potential physical activity benefits of SRTS and describes strategies for measuring those benefits.


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