Safe routes to schools

The Safe Routes to School Partnership supports the efforts of local governments and school communities to promote the safety of children walking and bicycling to school. Knox County’s partnership is coordinated by the Knox County Health Department and the TPO.


Knox County Engineering analyzed potential school walkability throughout Knox County in this report. This follow-up study recommends pedestrian safety improvements at 14 schools in the County. Knox County has begun building safety improvements around schools, as summarized in this presentation (PDF of Cindy’s presentation is here).

The Knox County Health Department coordinates Walking School Bus programs at several schools to encourage safe walking to and from schools.


The City of Maryville’s recent Connectivity Study examined the best ways to connect schools to other destinations via sidewalks and trails.


The nonprofit organization Bike Walk Knoxville has received grants to lead Walking School Bus groups and educate school children about safe walking and bicycling.

For more information about federal funding and guidance for Safe Routes to Schools, visit these websites:

For more information about Safe Routes to School in East Tennessee, contact Ellen Zavisca at 215-4014 or