students on bikes lined up in a row on the playground

Safe Routes to School

Our Vision

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. 

Our Mission 

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.

County-Wide Events

Safe Routes to School supports schools and districts in facilitating the following events. Interested in hosting an event at your school? Email us to receive free resources and remember to share your event participation data.

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.

El Camino Real Demonstration 

Image of local and county stakeholders supporting the ECR quick-build

Road safety initiatives bring forth innovation in South San Francisco. The Smart Growth America pilot program, Complete Streets Leadership Academy (CSLA) partners with the City of South San Francisco on a complete streets quick-build. With the support of CalTrans, temporary traffic improvements will take place from Country Club Drive to South Spruce Avenue on El Camino Real which will go live in July 2023. In partnership with the City of South San Francisco, SMCOE Safe Routes to School will ensure students who walk, bike, and take public transit nearby the quick-build will safely travel along El Camino Real.

Learn more about the ECR Quick-Build project here.

ECR Demonstration Project Debut

Watch the video clip to learn more about the project and hear Superintendent Nancy Magee express how Safe Routes to School builds community through active transportation advocacy.

Safe Routes to School Farmworker Family Event

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE)  Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Team hosted a fun event for farmworkers and their families. Thank you to all of the community partners who attended and gave out resources. Check out a short video about the event and an article from Coastside Magazine.

Watch a three-minute video about the event!

Read the article HERE on page 39.

School Travel Fellowship 2024

Municipalities are invited to apply to be part of the 2024 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 2024. The School Travel Fellowship will begin in February 2024. Please see the application for more information. The deadline to apply is January 10th.  The application can be found here –

Click HERE to see projects that were completed during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 School Travel Fellowship. 

An info session will be held on Wednesday, December 18th from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm. 

Info Session RSVP Link –


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 Video Playlist

Need a video tutorial that provides instructions on how to properly fit a helmet? Visit the San Mateo County Office of Education's Youtube channel to view the Safe Routes to School video playlist. To see the entire SMCOE Safe Routes to School playlist, visit here.

Student Art 

Theresa Vallez-Kelly, MPH



Phone: (650) 802-5429


Project Specialist

Phone: (650) 802-5430

Lena Yasui

Transportation Equity and Safe Routes to School Fellow (Americorps)


Phone: (650) 802-5423


Administrative Assistant II

Phone: (650) 802-5428

Carlene Foldenauer

Coastside Support