About Safe Routes
About Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools
The Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools program began as a Caltrans grant funded program in 2006, serving only 4 schools in northern Alameda County. In 2007, the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (now the Alameda County Transportation Commission) authorized funding from the Measure B transportation sales tax to continue and expand the program.
Today the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools program has grown to over 100 schools in every city in Alameda County. The Safe Routes program is administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) and is funded by Alameda County’s local sales tax Measure B, regional, state and federal funds.
We offer a wide range of programs and events for participating schools, as well as offering technical assistance to other schools interested in having their own events.
About the Safe Routes to School Movement
The Safe Routes to Schools program is based on a framework of the “5 E’s”:
Encouragement programs provide incentives and support to help students and families try walking or bicycling instead of driving. Walk and Roll to School Days and other events show that walking and bicycling can be fun.
Education programs improve traffic safety and awareness. Classroom activities in the K-5 Walk and Roll Educator Guide teach students how to navigate busy streets and make the connection between active transportation, health, and the environment.
Engineering, in the form of walk audits, bring engineering experts to assist the community in evaluating streets and identifying improvements for walking and biking to school.
Enforcement programs reinforce legal and respectful walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors. Partnerships with law enforcement officials improve traffic safety around schools.
Evaluation programs help schools measure walking and bicycling. Regular parent surveys and student hand-raising tallies indicate how students get to school and what barriers parents feel should be addressed.