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Welcome to the San Francisco Safe Routes to School (SF-SRTS) website. The SF-SRTS Partnership is funded to work with 15 public elementary schools to promote safe and active walking and biking to school, but the resources on this site are available to anyone interested in creating a healthier and safer environment for students to walk and bike to school.

Job Opportunity!

The Department of Public Health’s Community Health Equity & Promotion Branch is accepting applications for two (2) as-needed, non-benefited position(s) in class 9924 Public Health Aide. These positions will work on activities related to the various community health promotion projects, such as tobacco control and chronic disease prevention. Download the full job description (PDF).

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested individuals must submit a resume and cover letter to Attn: Ms. Michaela Varisto, Department of Public Health, 25 Van Ness Ave, 5th floor, San Francisco, CA 94102, or via Email:
Michaela.Varisto@sfdph.org by June 13, 2014.

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SF Safe Routes to School Program Goals:

  • To increase bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety around schools;
  • To decrease traffic congestion around schools;
  • To reduce childhood obesity by increasing number of children walking and biking to school; and
  • To improve air quality, community safety and security, and community involvement around school.

Safe Routes to School goals are achieved through the following strategies:

Education
  • Educate 2nd grade classes on pedestrian safety
  • Educate 4th grade classes on bicycle safety
  • Distribute walk & bike maps for students specific to schools
Encouragement
  • Train and organize walking school buses and bike trains
  • Organize International Walk to School Day events (October 9, 2013)
  • Organize San Francisco Bike to School Week (spring 2014)
Enforcement
  • Conduct traffic enforcement around schools
Engineering
  • Conduct walking audits of school to examine traffic safety needs of streets and sidewalks near schools
Evaluation
  • Collect and analyze how schoolchildren get to and from school
  • Collect and analyze surveys from parents on knowledge and attitudes towards walking and biking