Safe Routes to School

The San Francisco Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) Partnership promotes safe walking and biking to school.

The SRTS Partnership, led by the San Francisco Department of Public Health includes the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC), San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), San Francisco Department of the Environment, SFUSD Office of Sustainability, Presidio YMCA Bike Program, and Walk San Francisco.

While the Partnership coordinates with many schools throughout the year, 25 elementary schools receive additional support to build parent leaders, encourage regular walking and biking events, like walking school buses and bike trains, and create a school culture, which supports walking and biking to school.

 

Primary Goals of Safe Routes to School

 

Primary Goals of Safe Routes to School

  1. Increase pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety around schools
  2. Decrease traffic congestion around schools
  3. Reduce childhood obesity by increasing number of children walking and biking to schools
  4. Improve air quality, community safety, and involvement around schools.

Register your school to participate! Get free materials and support at SFSafeRoutes.org.

Want to get started right away on your own? Here are some educational resources (lesson plans, tipsheets, etc.) for parents and caregivers to develop and encourage pedestrian safety for Kindegarten through 5th Grade-aged children from the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration.

15 Mile Per Hour School Zones

 

15 Mile Per Hour School Zones

In 2011 San Francisco became the first large city in California to establish citywide 15 MPH school zones. Since 2011, 15 MPH slow zones have been implemented around 181 K-12 public and private schools throughout San Francisco. Walk San Francisco’s advocacy efforts were instrumental in the success of this initiative. The establishment of 15 MPH school zones helps to protect those whom are among the most vulnerable to traffic injuries and fatalities, and it is a huge step in improving pedestrian safety citywide.

Annual SRTS Events

 

Annual SRTS Events

Walk SF also hosts Walk & Roll to School Day on the first Wednesday of October each year.  Bike & Roll to School Week is held in the spring each year, and varies depending individual schools and testing schedules. To learn more, visit Bike & Roll to School Week.  Both events are open to all San Francisco public and private schools.

For questions and/or assistance, contact Walk SF.

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