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Safe Routes to School

Walk and Bike to School Safely Every Day

As part of the Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) Partnership, which promotes safe walking and biking to school throughout San Francisco, Walk SF works with schools and families to get more people walking, and improve walking conditions around schools. You can learn more below; if you have questions or would like assistance, please email us.


Goals of Safe Routes to School

  • Increase pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic safety around schools;
  • Decrease traffic congestion around schools;
  • Reduce childhood obesity by increasing the number of children walking and biking to school;
  • Improve air quality and community safety and involvement around schools.

Annual SRTS Events

Annual Safe Routes Events

  • Walk & Roll to School Day, hosted by Walk SF, is held on a Wednesday in early October. 
  • Bike & Roll to School Week is held in the spring each year; the date varies among schools because of testing schedules.
  • Both events are open to all San Francisco public and private schools. 


Street Safety Explorers Program

The Street Safety Explorers program is a fun, free curriculum for older elementary school students (3rd-5th grade) to the importance of street design and pedestrian safety. Learn more here.

Hour School Zones

Safer Speeds Around San Francisco Schools: 15-mph School Zones

In 2011, San Francisco became the first large city in California to establish 15-mile-per-hour (15-mph) school zones citywide around 181 schools. These include all K-12 public and private schools throughout San Francisco (where surrounding streets permit). Walk San Francisco led this initiative, which is helping to protect children, families, and all pedestrians citywide.


The SRTS Partnership

The SRTS Partnership (sfsaferoutes.org) is led by the San Francisco Department of Public Health and includes the San Francisco Unified School District and its Office of Sustainability, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco Department of the Environment, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, Presidio YMCA Bike Program, Tenderloin Safe Passage, and Walk San Francisco. 

You can learn more at sfsaferoutes.org or feel free to contact Walk SF.