Safe Routes to School | Cerro Gordo

Safe Routes to School

  • Education

  • Encouragement

  • Engineering

  • Enforcement


Our aim is to make it safer for students to walk and bike to school and other areas in our community.

A walk and bike friendly community benefits the health, economy, sustainability, and livelihood of a community.  As a supporter of Safe Routes to School, we help coordinate several activities in Cerro Gordo County.


Walking School Bus Program

The Walking School Bus is a program that provides a safe, consistent way in which children can walk to school as a group under the supervision of trained adults. It also encourages an easy and important form of exercise on their way to school…walking!WalkSchoolBus

Each route is designed with your child’s safety in mind.

  • Walk Stops (meeting points) are close to your home (sometimes right at your door).
  • Trained drivers walk children to school (background checks and trainings for volunteers are completed prior to program’s start).
  • Children learn and practice traffic safety skills along the route and are dropped off at the school door.
  • Routes are one mile in length. If families live farther away, students may meet the group along the route.

The Walking School Bus is currently not being offered in Cerro Gordo County.


Bike Safety Week

May is Bike Month and the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health partners with Healthy Mason City, the Mason City Police Department, and the North Iowa SPIN Club to provide in-school education on bike safety. Each May, we deliver presentations to the local elementary students to ensure they know bike traffic rules and signals, proper biking attire to wear, how to conduct bike safety checks, and how to properly fit their bike helmet.

The second Saturday of May, the partners host a Bike Rodeo for families and youth to practice their bike safety skills. The rodeo course is located west of the MC Police Department and is open to the public. Participants receive FREE bike helmets as well.


Walking Audits

CGCDPH staff regularly work with students and community residents by conducting walk audits in neighborhoods.  Walk Audits are designed to assess the strengths and weakness of roadways, sidewalks, trails, and streets with the goal to provide suggestions on how to make the area safer to walk, bike, and drive for all users of the community.

For more information on scheduling walk audits, contact Kelli Gerdes at 641-421-9312.



CGCDPH staff work with many community coalitions and committees to advocate for built environment improvements that strengthen the sustainability and health of a community.  If your group or community is looking for support to improve a park, playground, trail, etc., contact the Health Department for assistance in identifying funding, coordination, or community promotion.