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Safe Routes to School

Walk and Bike to School Safely Every Day

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

In addition to leading events citywide, the SRTS Partnership gives 30 elementary schools additional support throughout the year to encourage regular walking and biking events like walking school buses and bike trains; build parent leaders; and create a school culture that supports walking and biking to school.

Find out more below. For questions and/or assistance, contact Walk SF.

Primary Goals of Safe Routes to School

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 the number of children walking and biking to school;
  4. Improve air quality and community safety and involvement around schools.

Annual SRTS Events

Annual Safe Routes Events

Walk SF 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; its date varies among schools because of testing schedules. Both events are open to all San Francisco public and private schools.

15 Mile Per 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.

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