The Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments is an association of local governments that is committed to identifying, securing, and coordinating local, regional, and federal government projects and programs for the enhancement of our region and member communities.

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School is a national program that works with families, schools, and communities in the INRCOG region that aims to increase physical activity and create safer walking and bicycling opportunities for youth. SRTS initiatives support and address multiple barriers and benefits of active travel and is part the CDC’s Health Impact Intervention (HI-5) guidelines for contributing to increased physical activity as well as environmental benefits and safety improvements. We know every community, school, and family is unique and we have a variety of ways to help you take the next step (or roll) in the right direction. For more information on Safe Routes to School for your school and community, contact Brenda Vavroch.

Education and Encouragement Programs

Engagement and Evaluation programs

Words cannot express the gratitude I have for all of your assistance! You helped make our first bike rodeo a big success. You were so kind, helpful and encouraging. We couldn’t have done it without all your resources and your accommodations!”  -Youth Group leader, Waverly

Now I know how to ride my bike without training wheels. I can use hand signals to help me out too.” -2nd Grader, BCLUW

“Thank you so much for the helmet, now I know why I should wear a helmet. I wish I could give you a big pile of cookies.” -3rd Grader, Nashua

I will share these (school travel survey) parent responses with the school board. Due to the accident this fall they are looking into some options to make it safer for kids.” -Elementary Principal

Contact SRTS Coordinator Brenda Vavroch or call 319-235-0311 for more information. View the Safe Routes to School Facebook page for recent updates.