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 is expanding 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.
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 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.
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 ride matching service to help families find each other to walk, bike, transit or carpool together 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. 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.
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!