The student travel tally collects data on how students are arriving at and going home from school. This data helps measure the effectiveness of the Safe Routes to School program.
The chief concern among schools is completing the travel tally is difficult and time consuming. RideWise and the Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University created a student travel tally training video which demonstrates how quick and easy the process really is. A school travel tally can be completed in just two or three minutes.
Data does not need to be completed every day, every week or even every month. By collecting data as little as three days a week, preferably Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, just two or three times during the school year, schools are able to highlight how students are getting to and from school. These trends can highlight the need for improved pedestrian and bike infrastructure around school zones. Each year, there are several grants available to fund those improvements but student travel tallies are often a mandatory component of grant applications.