Built Environment

The built environment is the physical space constructed to support its residents including structures (houses, apartments, stores, offices, public buildings, schools, industries); transportation networks (sidewalks, bicycle lanes, bus stops, parking facilities); and recreation and open spaces (parks, playgrounds, waterways). HPCNEF improves community health and quality of living through the planning and design of the built environment.


SITUATION: Florida Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a statewide program funded by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The program’s goal is to make walking or biking to school safer for children. Florida SRTS funds projects that address unsafe or lack of infrastructure as well as education programs that promote walking and bicycling for children, parents, and the community.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE: HPCNEF implemented SRTS to train children how to be competent and safe pedestrians and bicyclists through lifelong safety skills. Improving pedestrian and bike safety was accomplished through a combination of infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects and programs. Training efforts centered around the “5 Es”: Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, and Evaluation.

IMPACT: During the four-year program, we reached 92 public schools (about 21.3% of all schools in our area) and taught over 30,000 students about safe walking and biking practices.


Includes representatives from:

  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Florida Department of Health

For more information, please contact Valerie Feinberg, Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, at vfeinberg@hpcnef.org.

Service Area

Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns, and Volusia counties

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