SF Safe Routes to School
Promoting walking and biking in schools
The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to be a partner in San Francisco's Safe Routes to School Program which aims to raise a new generation of walkers and bikers by making biking, walking and even carpooling to school easier for parents and kids through education, safer streets and incentives. As a part of the program, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition teaches classes to Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms about healthy, green and fun ways to get to school. To support families in walking and biking more each day we provide parent training in each of our program schools- listed below. We also organize our yearly San Francisco Bike to School Day event each spring which is open to all public and private schools through 12th grade.The San Francisco Safe Routes effort is led by the SF Department of Public Health and supported by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the SF Unified School District, SF Municipal Transportation Agency, SF Police Department, Department of Children, Youth and Families, SF Department of Environment, Walk San Francisco, and the YBIKE Program.
The Safe Routes to School program is running at the following elementary schools:
A majority of the students at these schools live within one mile of their school, so there's an excellent opportunity to increase the number of kids who get to school by bike and foot. Starting with the 2011-2012 school year, the SF Unified School District updated their "student attendance area" policy to allow children to more easily attend their neighborhood school. This change will help more San Francisco elementary school families attend schools within safe walking and bicycling distance within a decade.
Why a Safe Routes to School Program is Important
Watch San Francisco Walks to School by Streetfilms, filmed in October 2009 as part of International Walk to School Day.
Safe Routes to Schools program goals
The Safe Routes to School is a popular nationwide program that has a proven track record at over 11,400 schools for helping more children and communities become healthy, safe, and green. Schools in Oakland, California reported an amazing 10% increase in students walking and biking to school after just one year of launching their Safe Routes to School program. Read success stories from around the country.
The 5 E's of the Safe Routes to School Program
Evaluation+ Evaluate improvements in transportation to and from school
+ Evaluate children and parent attitudes and knowledge of walking and biking through surveys
Frequently Asked Questions
If my school was not selected for program, what resources are available to us and how can we get involved?
Q: How can my school get bike racks?
Email Ana Validzic at the SF Dept. of Health if you have additional questions about the overall SF Safe Routes to School Program in San Francisco.
Report parking, sidewalk or roadway concerns in SF at the 311 website or by calling "311" by telephone.Livable Streets Education in New York has taken the classroom to the street! Read more about this exciting program at: streetseducation.org.