Projects & Publications
Safe Routes to Schools
SRTS is a new federal reimbursement program to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk and cycle to school; to make walking and cycling to school safer and more appealing; and to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. The FIU Library GIS Center was funded by the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to develop a web-based route planner to support SRTS. The routing program takes into consideration interaction with traffic, sidewalks, crosswalks, traffic lights, speed limits, and other factors to determine the safest route from a residential location to a school location. Thirteen schools in economically stressed areas of Miami-Dade County were selected for this model.