Be Active Safe Routes


Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health partnered with local educators to develop a Be Active Safe Routes Curriculum in 2023. The Be Active Safe Routes Curriculum is available for grades K-8 and is grounded in Kansas educational standards. The lessons build on each other year after year to increase knowledge and skills over time. The biking curriculum is intended to be done in a PE classroom. The integrated lessons provide additional opportunities to increase knowledge around active transportation in the other school subjects, including English/language arts, math, science, social studies, the arts, & more.



Click on the overview documents for an introduction and full access to the curriculum: Elementary Overview and Middle Overview

This curriculum is provided free to educators, with funding support from the KDHE Chronic Disease Risk Reduction Grant.

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  1. Lawrence
  2. Lawrence Circulation Maps
  3. Baldwin
  4. Eudora

Here you'll find digital copies of our 2023 Safe Routes brochures. These include helpful safety tips and different maps for each of the USD 497 elementary and middle schools.



Approval Process

The Safe Routes to School Plans for Lawrence, Eudora, and Baldwin City were approved by the MPO Policy Board on November 19, 2020. View the approved plans for each community below:




     Baldwin City

Plan:Lawrence Safe Routes to School Plan Eudora Safe Routes to School PlanBaldwin City Safe Routes to School Plan  

To view the public comments/staff responses and approval process visit

  4. Safe Route Reports (2014)
  • Always look both ways before crossing the street. Stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again before you step into the street. Be sure to evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street to ensure that a vehicle has adequate distance in which to stop safely.
  • Cross the street only at intersections. Do not jaywalk. Use marked crosswalks where available. Do not cross in the middle of the street or block unless a marked mid-block crossing is provided. Do not cross the street from between parked cars-drivers may not see you and it is jaywalking.
  • Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets and continue to watch out for traffic the entire time you are in the crosswalk. Your life may depend on it, regardless of whether or not you have the right-of-way.
  • At intersections, scan over your shoulder for turning vehicles. Make eye contact with the driver. Remember; don't take those "NO RIGHT TURN ON RED" signs for granted. Always check for turning vehicles before stepping off the curb - motorists make mistakes too.
  • Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
  • Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.
  • Always look for signs that a car is about to move (rear lights, exhaust smoke, sound of motor, wheels turning), and never walk behind a vehicle that is backing up.

The Laws 

Code of the City of Lawrence 2011 Edition