Safe Routes to Schools Basics Resources

A Safe Routes to School program is an opportunity to make walking and bicycling to school safer and more accessible for children, including those with disabilities, and to increase the number of children who choose to walk and bicycle. Safe Routes to School programs can benefit communities by enhancing children’s health, well-being, and academic performance; easing traffic congestion and air quality near schools; and improving community members’ overall quality of life.  The information and resources here will assist with starting and sustaining a range of Safe Routes to School activities.

Understand SRTS

Learn more about California’s SRTS Program, Caltrans SRTS funding, and the 5 E’s of a comprehensive SRTS program: Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, and Evaluation.

Start a Program

Get ideas for starting and building support for a SRTS Program at your school!

Create a Plan

Find resources for developing a SRTS or school travel plan. Looking for data to support your planning process? Find links to local level collision, health, and demographic data here!

Address Concerns

Good programs address concerns like liability and personal safety up front. Find resources to support your work here.

Be Equitable

This page provides resources and tools to help you address health and transportation inequities in your SRTS work.

Find Funding

Looking for funding? Get ideas and links to funding resources that can support your program and events.

Sustain Your Work

Find links to local model policies, healthy development resources, and other tips for making your impact last!

Healthy Development

Learn about land use planning and development policies that complement Safe Routes to School efforts by creating environments that support active and healthy living.

Low-Cost SRTS Activities

Consider the following Low Cost Safe Routes to School 4 E’s Activities (Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation) for promoting child pedestrian and bicycle safety throughout the school year.

Creating Policies to Support SRTS

reating a successful SRTS program does not require entering the world of school district or government policy. However, having policies supporting SRTS and active transportation can help garner support for SRTS programs in your school and community. Explore the resources below to find out more information on SRTS-supportive policies!