What it does:
Safe Routes to School is a comprehensive approach to getting more kids walking and biking safely to school based on the framework of the 5 E’s: Encouragement, Education, Engineering, Enforcement, and Evaluation. After the major success of Marin County’s Safe Routes to Schools program, TransForm initiated a program in 2006 to translate the model to a diverse urban setting.
The program aims to teach kids the basics of walking and biking safety, increase the health of kids and communities by making walking and biking to school fun with special events and improving road infrastructures.
Cost & Financing:
Alameda County’s SR2S program started with a grant from Caltrans, serving only two schools in Oakland. Now it serves over 100 elementary, middle, and high schools at a cost of roughly $2.3 million per year throughout the county. Currently, the program is funded by the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) using a combination of state and federal funds along with contributions from the county’s transportation sales tax.
In the 2012-2013 school year, SR2S left a huge impact through its programs and events. Participation in the BikeMobile mobile bicycle repair service increased to 54 schools, resulting in 1,700 repaired bikes, and thus increasing bicycling on average by 117%. Participation in the Carpool to School Day event increased to 29 schools. There is a 50% increase in participation in the Golden Sneaker Contest and a 44% increase in Bike to School Day. Additionally, the program created an online interactive map to highlight each school’s information, success, and photos.
|Nora Cody||TransForm||(510) 740-3150 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Arun Goel||ACTC||(510) email@example.com|
Nora Cody, Safe Routes to School Director, oversees the program’s implementation in elementary, middle and high schools. Arun Goel is the Project Manager for Alameda County’s Safe Routes to School.
- Alameda County’s Safe Routes to Schools website: the official website for Alameda County’s SR2S program filled with additional resources and information
- TransForm’s Advocacy Work: an overview on TransForm’s involvement in the program
- CA Department of Transportation’s Involvement: an overview on Caltran’s work and how to receive funding from Caltrans
- Safe Routes to School National Partnership website: the partnership is a growing network of organizations, government agencies and professional groups sharing best practices for SR2S programs.
- National Center for Safe Routes to School website: the National Center provides technical support, resources, and coordinates U.S. Walk to School Day
Last Updated August 19, 2014 | Written By Mimi Tam