City of Fargo Safe Routes to School Plan

Fargo Safe Routes to School Plan

Project Update – School site visits are DONE!


Fargo SRTS project staff completed a key project phase when the last school site visit and neighborhood walk assessment wrapped up the week of May 13. Throughout late April and early May, staff met with students and school staff at 31 schools in Fargo, observed arrival and dismissal, and walked the streets surrounding each school. Staff learned about the challenges and barriers students and families face when walking and biking to school. They also saw all the great things that come from walking and biking: smiling faces, community togetherness, and physical activity!

Now that project staff have collected travel data, parent survey responses, and observations at school sites, brainstorming can begin for improvements to the streets around schools. In July the Study Review Committee will meet to discuss the findings and potential improvements, policy changes/adoptions, and educational opportunties available across the City of Fargo and at each school. Over the next several months, project staff will continue to work with the City of Fargo, Metro COG, and other local stakeholders to think of ways to improve the comfort and safety for students and families walking and biking in Fargo.

Keep visiting this website to stay updated on the project's progress! In the meantime, feel free to reach out to project staff at Metro COG with any additional questions or comments.

Dan Farnsworth at Metro COG

701-532-5106 or

Anna Pierce at Metro COG


Project Background and Objective

The last update to the Fargo Safe Routes to School Plan was adopted in December 2009. After nearly a decade, the Fargo Safe Routes to School Plan needs to be revamped. This project will update the current plan by including newly constructed schools and identifying areas of improvement surrounding each school throughout the City of Fargo. The Plan will also develop guidance on new installations, improvements, and preferred access routes to each school, as well as identify areas of concern.

The objectives of this project are to:

  • Work with the City of Fargo, Fargo Public Schools, West Fargo Public Schools, and the private schools to gather public input from staff, parents, and students that will assist the team in identifying bicyclist and pedestrian access challenges and opportunities surrounding each of the 30 school locations within the city limits of the City of Fargo, 
  • Identify existing and preferred circulation routes for students surrounding each school, 
  • Evaluate the safety of the bicyclist and pedestrian access routes to each school, 
  • Identify and prioritize strategies and recommendations to improve the safety of bicyclist and pedestrian circulation and access routes,
  • Prepare a Safe Routes to School Plan document with graphics that provide information on project background, existing conditions, preferred circulation routes, and identifies prioritized areas of improvement at each school, and
  • Update the Safe Routes to School maps for each elementary and middle school within the city limits of the City of Fargo.

Project Timeline

SRTS Project Schedule