The overall goal of the San Mateo County Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) is to enable and encourage children to walk or bicycle to school by implementing projects and activities to improve health and well-being, safety, and also reduce traffic congestion due to school-related trips. Below are resources for encouraging safe and active transportation at your school or district.

Safe Routes to School and COVID-19

The way students travel has changed in the age of Covid-19. There are more people out walking and biking these days and, once students return to school, we will support them in continuing to walk or bike. We are working with schools and cities to make streets safer for students. Click HERE to view resources from a meeting we hosted for city staff. 

While students are learning at home, we’re working with schools to integrate movement in their days with a focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety curriculum and safe walking and biking while practicing social distancing. Click HERE to see our social distancing guidelines for walking and biking.

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.


County-Wide Events

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.

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day: November 18, 2020

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

Golden Sneaker Events: February 2021 - March 2021

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.

Earth Day: Week of April 22, 2021

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 5, 2021

Join cyclists from around the nation in celebration of National Bike to School day! 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.

Weekly/Monthly Events

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.

Past Events

Pedestrian Safety Month: September 2020

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 celebrating Pedestrian Safety Month with the One Month Challenge. Complete the Challenge and return it to - Safe Routes to School 101 Twin Dophin Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065 - for a SRTS activity kit. 

Click HERE and HERE for Pedestrian Safety Month resources from the California Office of Traffic Safety.

Walk to Anywhere Week: October 5-9, 2020

International Walk to School Day (IWTSD) is a global event involving children walking to school. This year, due to Covid-19 and distance learning, we celebrate a week of taking a walk to anywhere! Make sure you wear a mask and practice social distancing guidelines for walking and biking.

Safe Routes to School Service Providers

The San Mateo County Office of Education Safe Routes to School program partners 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 enable the San Mateo County Office of Education to offer a variety of SRTS resources to the schools and districts it serves. New service providers are added through a call for projects. The call for projects for the  2020-2021 through 2021-2022 school year closed on September 28, 2020. 

3/25/21 - The San Mateo County Office of Education Safe Routes to School Program (SMCOE SRTS), with the support of the San Mateo County City/County Association of Governments, released an RFP for an evaluation of the Safe Routes program in San Mateo County, development of a strategic plan for the program, an analysis of high injury networks near San Mateo County schools and the creation of walk/bike route maps for several schools in the county. This RFP is only open to consultants on the San Mateo County Safe Routes to School approved vendor list whose approved services are in line with the scope of work outlined in the RFP.  Applications are due by April 23rd at 5:00 pm. Please email with questions. Click HERE to see the application.

Submitted Questions - Consultant RFP

1. Is there any info you can provide about expected budget - or are you hoping we'll tell you what it costs? 

Answer: C/CAG, the SMCOE SRTS funder, would like applicants to propose a budget and submit it in a sealed envelope with the application.

2. Can you please kindly confirm the time and date the proposal is due? In some areas of the RFP the due date is listed as April 23rd, 5:00pm and others the due date is listed as April 30th. 

Answer: The due date was actually 4/23 but because it was not changed on the RFP cover page from 4/30. RFPs will be accepted until 4/30 at 5:00 pm. Please note that this will change the review schedule, pushing everything back by one week.

3. In order to support continued social distancing measures given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the Regional Stay at Home Order in effect across California, would the SMCOE consider solely accepting electronic proposal and cost submissions via email or consultant-provided FTP link for this bid? This would allow proposers who are working from home to avoid having to travel into the office to produce the hard copy proposals.

Answer: Yes. Electronic proposals and electronic signatures are okay.

4. Per pg. 3 of the RFP, can you please confirm that the total page allowance of no more than ten double sided pages translates to 20 pages of total content?

Answer: Yes. 10 double sided pages equals 20 pages.

5. Per pg. 3 of the RFP under item 5. Cost Estimate, can you please clarify which rates are to be used for this project for purposes of cost estimate calculations?  Both overhead and hourly rates (if applicable) are requested.  

Answer: Use both overhead and hourly rates for cost estimate calculations.

6. Per pg. 3 of the RFP under item 6. Time Frame, is it desired that a project schedule by task be included within this chapter as part of the submittal requirements?

Answer: Yes. A project schedule by task would be very helpful.


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

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.


Community Partnerships

Cooline Team of East Palo Alto is a non-profit organization founded and led by Christian Sbragia, a passionate local activist and youth leader. The Safe Routes to School team partnered with Cooline Team of EPA (or CTEPA) to assist with their Winter Project, which consisted of a winter box delivery and a 3 day online winter camp. The boxes were delivered on Saturday, December 19th to 100 students in 80 households. A team of Safe Routes to School representatives and CTEPA representatives put the boxes together and made the deliveries following COVID safety practices. The boxes included many goodies, such as books, bike lights, safety vests, Safe Routes to School activity books, coloring sheets, food, and more. The impact of this project was vast, as resources, activities, food, and holiday cheer were delivered across the city of East Palo Alto and beyond! Looking ahead to 2021, the Cooline Team of EPA has more camps, box deliveries and projects in store and the Safe Routes to School team looks forward to supporting them!

Theresa Vallez-Kelly

Coordinator, Safe Routes to School and TUPE


Phone: (650) 802-5429

Vanessa Castro

Project Specialist, Safe Routes to School and TUPE


Phone: (650) 802-5430

Sonia Schendel

Americorps Fellow: Safe Routes to School (Ravenswood)

Isabella Farinelli

Americorps Fellow: Safe Routes to School (Office of Traffic Safety)


Phone: (650) 802-5439

Spring Ho

Administrative Assistant II


Phone: (650) 802-5428