Walking and biking are an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle, however many children in this country don't start out the day with these activities. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program provides the opportunity to make walking and biking to school fun, healthy, safer, and accessible to all who chose to walk and bike to school. SRTS can benefit communities by enhancing children's health and well-being, easing traffic congestion, improving air quality near schools, and increasing the overall health of the community and the environment.
Walk & Roll Safe Routes to School Program
Walk & Roll Safe Routes to School Program in Santa Clara County consists of a broad network of public health agencies, community based organizations, pedestrian and bicycle advocates, school officials, teachers, parents and more - all working together to create safe and healthier environments where children can be physically active while combating childhood obesity.
The program is led by Traffic Safe Communities Network and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and supported by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA).
Santa Clara County's Walk & Roll Safe Routes to School Program encourages youth to walk or bike to school year round and improves health, promotes safety, education achievement, and the environment. To learn more, download the Safe Routes to School Coordinator Manual: A How-To Guide for Promoting Walking and Rolling at Your School.
BE a PIECE of the Movement! Join Us for International Walk & Bike to School Week 2014!
October 6-10, 2014 is International Walk and Bike to School Week! Each year, over 23,000 students in Santa Clara County join schools across the globe and participate in a week long celebration of events and activities in support of Walk and Bike to School Week. This campaign reminds everyone of the simple joys of walking and biking to school, the health benefits of regular daily activity, and the need for safe places to walk and bike. There are many fun ways to get kids excited about walking and biking to and from school, among these include: walking school buses and bicycle trains. For more suggestions, click 50+ Event Ideas.
Below is a list of Santa Clara County School Districts participating in the International Walk & Bike to School Week 2014!
- Campbell Union School District
- Cupertino School District
- Los Gatos Union District
- Santa Clara Unified School District
- San Jose Unified School District
- Sunnyvale School District
- Union School District
For a complete list of elementary and middle schools participating in Walk & Bike to School Week 2014, call (408) 793-2700.
Walk & Bike to School Week Resources
If you need assistance in planning your Walk & Bike to School program, let us know and we can meet with your school team.
Safe Routes for All of Us Media Campaign
To promote walking and bicycling as well as to create safer routes for all street uses, the Public Health Department's Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) Obesity Prevention Initiative launched a TV ad campaign "Safe Routes for All of Us" to bring attention to the issue and encourage parents, schools, city leaders and community officials to take action and increase opportunities for kids to be physically active in safe environments before, during and after school. To view the ad, click here.
In addition to the TV ad campaign, there are model policies and resolutions available to school districts and jurisdictions that are interested in pursuing and supporting Safe Routes to School related policies and resolutions. Downloadable sample documents that can be used by cities and school districts include the following:
California School Board Association - Safe Route To School (SRTS) Sample School Board Policy (Download)
California School Board Association - SRTS Sample School Board Administrative Regulation (Download)
Sample SRTS Language Integration into a School District's Local Wellness Policy (Download)
SRTS Sample Resolution - School Districts (Download) SRTS Sample Resolution - Cities and Towns (Download)
For more information about Safe Routes to Schools, Walk and Bike to School Week or how to get involved, contact:
Center for Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention (CDIP)
1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Suite. 120 B
San Jose, CA 95126