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 $500,000 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 $500,000 in federal transportation funds programmed by
the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. SRTS, which originated with Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Shape Up San Francisco project and International Walk to School Day, is led by the SF Department of Public Health with support from a broadly-based coalition, including 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 is involved in the administration of SRTS funding, program administration, and program evaluation. DPH also supports SRTS by assisting with Walk and Roll to School Day.
SF Bicycle Coalition
The SF Bicycle Coalition is proud to be a partner in San Francisco’s Safe Routes to School Program. As a part of the program, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition teaches classes to Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms about healthy, green and fun ways to get to school. To support families in walking and biking more each day we provide parent training in each of our program schools. We also organize our yearly San Francisco Bike to School event each spring which is open to all public and private schools through 12th grade. We also are proud to off a full range of adult and family biking resources for the general public.
SF Unified School District & SFUSD Office of Sustainability
The San Francisco Unified School District hosts student classes, parent trainings, walking field trips, bike rodeos, and the annual Walk and Bike-to-School Days with the support of its Safe Routes partners. The District is also working on a long-range strategy to promote active transportation and has installed bike racks at every school to facilitate cycling.
SF Department of the Environment
A Department of the City of San Francisco, SF Environment creates policies and innovative programs to promote social equity, protect human health and ensure a sustainable future. We provide outreach on SchoolPool, a free ridematching service to help families find each other to walk-, bike-, transit- or car-pool to and from school. In collaboration with SRTS, we launched a No-Idling campaign to improve air quality around schools and lessen idling impacts on student health.
SF Municipal Transportation Agency
The SFMTA provides adult school crossing guards, school crosswalks, school warning signage, and school bus and passenger loading 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.
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!