Safe Routes to School programs across the United States enable community leaders, schools and parents to improve safety and encourage more children to safely walk and bicycle to school. In the process, programs are working to reduce traffic congestion and improve health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone.
The Village of Hastings-on-Hudson traces the origins of its Safe Routes to School program to November 2014, when it adopted the Complete Streets Initiative and began putting in place some of its recommendations for safer streets. This initiated many pedestrian and bike-friendly changes and traffic-calming measures, to benefit both students walking and biking to school, and Hastings pedestrians in general. This was followed by the Village adopting a resolution supporting the Route 9 Corridor project in 2016, which resulted in further safety measures. The Hastings PTSA has also put in place several measures to improve the safety of students walking and biking to school, including the successful Pace Car Driver Pledge Initiative. The Committee references the Village's Complete Streets Policy in tracking progress, and updates are recorded in the Complete Streets Policy Appendix A.
The Hastings Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Committee today is comprised of a cross section of community leaders including Village officials, school administrators, PTSA members, and interested Village residents. They are:
Sashi Nivarthi, Conservation Commission member
Mary Beth Murphy, Village Manager
Georgia Lindahl Lopez, Trustee, Hastings Board of Trustees
Mary Lambert, Climate Smart Communities Task Force Co-Chair
Anjali Chen, Parks and Recreation Commission member
Maureen Caraballo, Treasurer, Hastings School District
SRtS Committee members work together to ensure that all 6 Es of a successful SRTS program are addressed: Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, Equity and Evaluation. For a Program Overview of HOH Safe Routes to School, click here. For More information on how to get involved with the program, or if you have any questions about Hastings SRts, please email: [email protected].
Additional Safe Routes to School resources can be found at:
Safe Routes Partnership
National Center for Safe Routes to School
International Walk to School
Walking School Bus Guide
New York State Department of Transportation – Local Programs/ Safe Routes to School
U.S. DOT - Federal Highway Administration – Safety