The efforts of Safe Routes to School in San Mateo County result in less traffic congestion around schools, improved air quality, a greener, healthier community and an increase in self-reliance among San Mateo County children who walk and bike to school. Safe Routes to School is the catalyst for teaching children traffic safety skills and encouraging them to take an active mode of transportation to school. San Mateo County communities support this initiative with infrastructure that provides safe passage for children.
San Mateo County Safe Routes to School encourages and enables school children to walk and bicycle to school by implementing projects and activities that improve the health, well-being, and safety of children, which result in less traffic congestion and emissions caused by school-related travel.
Check out the information below for encouraging safe and active transportation in your school or district
Students can play our Star Wars themed virtual escape room, Baby Yoda's Safe Journey, and learn how to navigate the streets safely on foot or by bike.
Safe Routes to School supports schools and districts in facilitating the following events. Interested in hosting an event at your school? Sign up to receive free resources and remember to share your event participation data.
Golden Sneaker Events: February 2023 - March 2023
Golden Sneaker events are a fun way to get children and families walking to school! With this event, students track the number of times they bike, walk, carpool or use transit as a means of getting to school. The classroom with the greatest participation rate earns a coveted Golden Sneaker Award. While events may be held at anytime, the formal San Mateo County Golden Sneaker Competition is held during the last week of February and first week of March.
Crossing Guard Appreciation Week - March 2023
Let your crossing guards know you appreciate them! Stay tuned for resources from Safe Routes to School.
Earth Day: Week of April 16, 2023
Join San Mateo County Safe Routes to School and RecycleWorks of San Mateo County in Celebrating Earth Day! Walking School Buses and groups can pick up litter along the way to reduce carbon emissions and keep our home beautiful.
Bike to School Day: May 3, 2023
Join cyclists from around the nation in celebration of National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 4th! The first National Bike to School Day event was held on May 9, 2012, and scheduled to coordinate with the League of American Bicyclists National Bike Month.
Bike to Work Day - May 19, 2023
Visit one of the many energizer stations around the county! Remember...if you can't bike, you can always walk or take transit!
Schools that have had success with special events often expand them into regular activities that occur on a regular basis, such as "Wednesday Walk to School" or "Walk and Roll (i.e., Bike) Day." Walking school buses, bicycle trains, and park and walk activities are all ongoing encouragement activities. These weekly and monthly events help to institutionalize positive behaviors and multiply the benefits of the activities, enabling walking and biking to become the preferred mode of travel from home to school.
Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day: November 14, 2022
Ruby Bridges became a symbol of the civil rights movement at age six when she was the youngest of a group of African American students designated to integrate schools in the American South. On November 14, 1960, her first day of school at William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Ruby was escorted by four federal marshals and spent the entire day in the principal’s office as irate parents marched into the school to remove their children.
Districts and schools in San Mateo County are encouraged to recognize Ruby's impact by adopting "Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day" on November 14, or on the following Wednesday of each when November 14 falls on a weekend. SMCOE provides a number of resources to support districts and the community in taking part in this initiative. Click HERE for the Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day website or go to www.tinyurl.com/RubyBridgesWalk
International Walk to School Day: October 12, 2022
International Walk to School Day (IWTSD) is a global event involving children walking to school. Students are back in school for in-person learning! Click here to register your school.
Pedestrian Safety Month: September 2022
There are a lot of people out walking these days! Pedestrian Safety Month is a reminder to practice safe walking techniques and to be a conscientious and alert driver. The San Mateo County Office of Education is celebrated Pedestrian Safety Month.
Safe Routes to School Vendor RFP
The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), which collaborates with schools and districts in San Mateo County to coordinate the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, is releasing a Request for Proposals (RFP). The SMCOE Safe Routes to School program has been funded by the City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG) since its 2011 inception in San Mateo County. The County Office of Education would like to partner with several organizations that offer SRTS services including, but not limited to, pedestrian and bicycle safety education, bicycle fix it events, SRTS materials, SRTS promotion and encouragement, SRTS classroom lessons, virtual and in person engagement, and SRTS professional development. These partnerships will enable the San Mateo County Office of Education to offer a variety of SRTS resources to the schools and districts it serves. Service Providers that are selected will appear on the approved vendor list.
Download the vendor RFP HERE. Applications are due no later than December 14, 2022.
Questions about Vendor RFP
- The RFP states “Other pertinent information is not to exceed the equivalent of two 8.5 x 11 pages.” Can someone please confirm this translates to 4 pages total (2 two-sided pages)? Yes. That is fine – 2 two-sided pages.
- May chapter 3. Experience contain project descriptions that may be included as an appendix and excluded from the page limit? Please stay within page limit. Please confirm per chapter 6. Cost Proposal that the 10-H form may be included as an attachment and excluded from the page limit. Yes form 10-H is not part of the page limit. But please include, in the body of the proposal, information that outlines the services agency will provide and the cost for said services.
- Is the 10-H form considered a Caltrans form to included in chapter 8. Required Forms? Yes and the forms are not part of the page limit.
- Please confirm chapter 8. Required Forms does not count towards the page limit and may be provided as a separate Appendix. Required forms do not count towards page limit.
- In order to conserve paper, will SMCOE accept an electronic copy only of the proposal & forms? Please mail us one hard copy.
School Travel Fellowship
San Mateo County cities/municipalities are invited to apply to be part of the 2023 School Travel Fellowship! The School Travel Fellowship (STF) is a project of the San Mateo County Office of Education Safe Routes to School program and San Mateo County Health Policy and Planning (HPP). The STF is funded by the California Office of Traffic Safety, the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County and San Mateo County HPP.
The STF creates an opportunity for cities to partner with their respective schools to support safe and active student travel. City/school teams must include a city planner or traffic engineer and a representative from the identified school(s). Additional team members may include an elected official, a community based organization or business near the identified school(s), and any other pertinent stakeholders. Teams will receive technical assistance from Alta Planning + Design and workshops on various topics related to active student travel. Additionally, teams may receive non-permanent quick build materials for pop ups/demonstration projects, walk audits and walk/bike route maps for identified schools. Five cities and their identified schools will be selected for 2023. The School Travel Fellowship will begin in February 2023. Please see the application or flyer for more information. The deadline to apply is January 19th. The application can be found here – https://tinyurl.com/STFapplication23 and on the Safe Routes to School web page – www.smcoe.org/srts Only city/municipality staff may turn in application for the fellowship.
Click HERE to see projects that were completed during the 2021-2022 School Travel Fellowship.
An info session will be held on Wednesday, December 20th from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Info Session Zoom Link – https://tinyurl.com/STF2023
Reserving the Bike Blender
A bike blender is a bike pedal-powered blender. They are a great tool to reward participation in Safe Routes to School Program activities, teach about health and wellness, and enhance Safe Routes to School education and encouragement activities. To reserve our bike blender, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe Routes to School Parent and Community Empowerment Toolkit
The Safe Routes to School Parent and Community Empowerment Toolkit is available for download.
Safe Routes to School Walk + Roll Guidebook
The Safe Routes to School Walk + Roll Guidebook is available for download.
Safe and Supportive Schools Travel Kit
The Safe Routes to School Safe and Supportive Schools Travel Kit is available for download.
International Walk to School Day - Poster Contest Entries and Winners
Ruby Bridges Walk to School - Poster Contest Entries 2022
Theresa Vallez-Kelly, MPH
Phone: (650) 802-5429
Phone: (650) 802-5430
School Transportation Equity Fellow (Americorps)
Phone: (650) 802-5439
Transportation, Sustainability and Equity Fellow (Americorps)
Phone: (650) 802-5423
Administrative Assistant II
Phone: (650) 802-5428