Our Services: Equity

We consciously plan and operate the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program with equity in mind. We are committed to creating encouraging and safe environments for all students to walk and roll to school, and we understand that many underserved communities—including communities of color and low-income and indigenous communities, along with recent immigrants or people with disabilities—are more likely to live in places with fast-moving cars, poor pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, and threats from crime and violence that would discourage walking or bicycling. We also know and acknowledge that the benefits of walking and bicycling, such as increased physical activity, cleaner air, and reduced transportation costs, can directly address the inequities that underserved communities often feel.

Striving toward equity guides us in selecting which schools get what services, how services are designed, and how staff approach each encouragement, enforcement, education, and engineering efforts. We also use our evaluation work to understand whether our program is helping to reduce disparities within the community, and in places where we find that it is not, we adjust the program to better meet the community’s needs. 

If you’re interested in learning more about how the broader Safe Routes to Schools movement is working to improve equitable outcomes across the country, check out the following resources from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership:

Equity

When: All Year Long

What: Access Safe Routes

Equity