Safe Routes to Play

Safe Routes to Play is a set of activities designed to bring together diverse community stakeholders to increase the ability of children, families, and seniors to safely access recreational spaces by active transportation.

Safe Routes to Play (SRTP) is a child-centered planning process that helps communities assess connectivity between neighborhoods and parks, playgrounds, trails, and natural areas. It specifically focuses on active transportation, such as walking and biking.

SRTP was implemented by IPHI in the Prince George’s County communities of Bladensburg, Langley Park, and Suitland. Safe access was addressed through multiple perspectives. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission engaged youth through PhotoVoice, a method that uses photographs and captions to express feelings as well as an active mapping exercise that identified the barriers youth face in walking or biking. In addition, community members and local leaders were consulted on the barriers they have identified regarding safety, infrastructure, and policies affecting walking and biking. IPHI used the findings from this process to provide community tailored suggestions to improve the safety and walkability of communities for children and families to improve health outcomes and quality of life.

For more information on Safe Routes to Play, contact Evelyn Kelly at [email protected].