Program: Alameda County’s Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S)

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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.

Goals: 

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[1] 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.

Outcomes: 

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.

Key Contacts: 

Name Organization Phone Number E-mail
Nora Cody TransForm (510) 740-3150 x332 nora@transformca.org
Arun Goel ACTC (510) 208-7455 agoel@alamedactc.org

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.

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Last Updated August 19, 2014 | Written By Mimi Tam