Safe Routes to Schools
We Want Kid-Friendly Streets
We believe that all of us, no matter our age or ability, should be able to walk safely in every part of our city. A healthy, equitable San Francisco depends on it. We also know our city is stronger when kids and families can walk safely for more trips – and do!
That’s why we advocated for and won 15-mile-per-hour speed limits around 181 San Francisco schools.
It’s also why we’re part of the Safe Routes to Schools Partnership (SRTS), which promotes the four fun ways to get to school: walking, biking, transit, and carpooling. Learn more about:
Why Safe Routes to Schools Matter
We need our streets to be safer and more inviting for many more kids and families to get around on foot (plus on bicycle, scooter, transit, and in carpools).
- A 2018 analysis by Zendrive, San Francisco ranked as the county with the 6th most dangerous traffic around schools in the country.
- 42% of San Francisco elementary school students live within walking distance of school, yet only 26% of students walk.
- Drop-offs and pickups at schools add up to 80,000 miles of driving per day on our streets. Traffic around schools increases safety threats for kids and families, plus impacts local air quality.
Want your family and school community to get involved? Be sure your child’s school participates in Walk & Roll to School Day in the fall and Bike & Roll to School Week in the spring – and consider becoming a parent leader!
Do you simply love the idea of more kids walking and rolling to school? Donate today!
Questions about Safe Routes to Schools? Contact Vernon Haney, Safe Routes to School Family & Schools Coordinator.
Banner image: Michael Halberstadt