The Safe Routes STARS (Students Taking Active Routes Safely) Program provides pedestrian and bicycle safety instruction to 2nd and 5th grade students, parents, schools and community members across Mississippi and will promote safe walking and biking as a fun, healthy ways to get to and from school safely.
The program includes:
- Classroom instruction
- Follow-up hands-on skills training with on-foot street crossing lessons and on-bike safety skills lessons
- School and community-based outreach events to encourage parent participation in safe, active transportation.
Currently, the program focuses on the Hinds, Rankin and Madison tri-county area and the Mississippi Delta region school districts. As the program expands, districts with a significant number of students walking and biking to and from school will be targeted, including the Mississippi Coast, Hattiesburg, Starkville, Oxford, Tupelo and Meridian. The Safe Routes STARS Program is taught primarily in public and private schools but is also available to community organizations throughout Mississippi. To arrange a Safe Routes STARS event, please use our event request form.
Services provided free of cost by the Mississippi State Department of Health
45 minute pedestrian and bicycle safety education presentations:
- Pedestrian safety education instruction for 2nd graders
- Bicycle safety education instruction for 5th graders
Follow-up presentations (optional):
- On-foot for 2nd graders
- On-bike for 5th graders
Workshops for parents, school officials and community members