Newton Safe Routes to School (SRTS) works to promote walking, biking, and taking the bus to school through encouragement, education, infrastructure improvements, and safety enforcement. Our goal is to create a healthy community for everyone.

Elementary Schools

For those elementary school students in the hybrid mode, there has never been a better time to walk or bike to school. If you live too far to walk the whole way, consider parking further from the school and walking the last 15 minutes.

  • Traffic volume will be reduced significantly from its levels a year ago because fewer than half of students will attend on a given day.

  • The City of Newton and Newton Public Schools has been at work all summer to improve walking and biking on routes to school in light of COVID.

  • Walking and biking can boost students’ health, physical activity, and even their concentration in school. Many students will benefit from a chance to move their bodies before entering into a school environment that is more physically structured than before.

Here are some resources that will help:

  • How to set up a Walking School Bus.

  • Find your PTO website and join your PTO Directory to connect with others you could walk or bike with.

  • Park & Walk maps identify crossing guard locations, "blue zone" vehicle drop-off areas, and suggested areas to park and walk over to the school.

  • Look for an email from your principal with detailed information on arrival and dismissal procedures. Additional doors will be open to enable physical distancing on the way into school.

Secondary Schools

In anticipation of an eventual return to in-person school, we have created transportation resource pages for each of the high schools and middle schools with bus routes, bike routes, and trails. Bike Newton plans to offer Bike Route Previews of routes to middle schools in October. Stay tuned.

Traffic Council trials

Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, Engineering, Equity. Click here to see what the Task Force does in each of these areas.

Pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility. Almost all students are pedestrians at some point in their routes to and from school. Tips for pedestrians and drivers on how to #ShareTheRoad.

May is National Bike Month

There's never been a quieter time in Newton for a bike ride. This is also a good time to help your child find a bike route to school on calm streets. Make sure your child's bike fits their body (a good article on bicycle sizing) and that you help them check ABC's before they head out (helpful video). And don't forget a properly fitted and adjusted helmet (good guide here). Happy biking!

Turn off your engine if you'll be waiting more than 10 seconds. Protect children's health and the environment.

What is a Blue Zone? Is it the right choice for your family?

Drivers, Pedestrians and Cyclists, with the end of Daylight Savings Time, slow down, look around, and BE SAFE BE SEEN.

Broken light? Fallen branch? Unshoveled sidewalk? No sidewalk at all? Learn more about how you can help make your child's route safer.

New for 2019 - the revised snow ordinance includes a fine if you do not remove snow or ice from your sidewalk. Click here to learn more.

COVID 19 - Weekly Walk Challenge

Week #1. Basic: Over the course of the week, find doors that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Remember their locations. Challenge: Now plan, and go on, a longer walk where you find them all in rainbow order. Extra Challenge: Now go on a walk where you find them all in REVERSE rainbow order.

More weekly challenges here: Google Doc

Contact us at NewtonSafeRoutes@gmail.com.
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