San Francisco’s Safe Routes to School program (SRTS) was initiated in the 2009-2010 school year at five elementary schools and expanded to a total of 15 schools for the 2010-2011 school year. The two-year program was funded with a grant from the federal government and Caltrans. Funding was granted again in 2011 to secure the program through 2014. Currently, the program is funded with federal transportation funds programmed by
the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. SRTS expanded from 2014-2017 to offer programs at 35 elementary, three middle and two high schools, and provide resources to the entire SFUSD. The program originated with Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Shape Up San Francisco project and International Walk to School Day. SF Department of Public Health is the lead agency in the broadly-based partnership, which includes the SF Bicycle Coalition; SF Unified School District; SF Municipal Transportation Agency; SF Department of the Environment; SF Unified School District Office of Sustainability; Presidio YMCA Bike Program; and Walk San Francisco.
SF Department of Public Health
The San Francisco Department of Public Health Community Health Promotion and Prevention Section manages SRTS funding, leads program administration, and is responsible for program evaluation. DPH supports SRTS by assisting with Walk and Roll to School Day and coordinating the Partnership.
Shape Up San Francisco
The Shape Up SF Coalition’s mission is to create equitable and sustainable environments, systems and policies that promote healthy eating & active living across the lifespan in San Francisco. Safe Routes to School has been one of its key strategies and programs to increase physical activity since 2009.
SF Bicycle Coalition
The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to be a partner in San Francisco’s Safe Routes to School Program. To support students and families in walking and biking more each day we provide support for school encouragement activities such as walking school buses, bike trains and events that celebrate walking, biking, transit and carpooling to school. We provide parent trainings and technical support to Safe Routes program schools. The annual San Francisco Bike and Roll to School Week each spring is open to all public and private schools through 12th grade. We also offer a full range of adult and family biking resources for the general public.
SF Department of the Environment
The San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) creates policies and programs to promote social equity, protect human health and ensure a sustainable future. SF Environment’s Clean Transportation team improves air quality by making it easier for families to walk, bike, and use transit or rideshare instead of driving alone to school and work. We also promote electric cars and other clean vehicles and fuels and have made the City’s fleet one of the greenest in the nation.
SF Municipal Transportation Agency
The SFMTA provides adult school crossing guards, school crosswalks, school warning signage, and school bus and passenger loading zones. SFMTA has reduced speed limits to 15 miles per hour in school zones. We also leverage regional, state and federal Safe Routes to School grant funds to make safety-focused infrastructure improvements near schools such as curb extensions, pedestrian refuge islands, and traffic signals.
SF Unified School District & SFUSD Office of Sustainability
The San Francisco Unified School District hosts student assemblies, parent trainings, walking field trips, bike rodeos, and the annual Walk and Roll To School Day and Bike and Roll To School Week with the support of its Safe Routes partners. The SFUSD Office of Sustainability is also working on a long-range strategy to promote active transportation and has installed bike racks at every school to facilitate bicycling.
Presidio YMCA Bike Program
YBike, the YMCA of San Francisco’s Bike Program, empowers Bay Area youth and adults to ride a bike safely, for fun, fitness, and transportation. YBike teach traffic safety and biking skills through classroom and on-bike experiences. Their programs help participants stay healthy, develop independence and self-confidence, and provide them with a clean, affordable transportation alternative through: after school bike clubs, PE bike programs, bike rodeos, helmet give aways, and organized bike rides.
Walk San Francisco
San Francisco’s advocacy group for livable, walkable streets, Walk SF and its members are reclaiming streets as shared public space for everyone to enjoy. Walk SF helps organize Walk to School Day on the first Wednesday in October. In 2012 Walk SF, made San Francisco the first city in the state to create new safer 15-mph speed limits around 181 schools. Join us!