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 expanding access to safe transportation at your school or district.

Grant Funding

The San Mateo County Office of Education Safe Routes coordinates Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects that serve children of San Mateo County, encouraging them to walk and bike to school and providing the education to do so safely. Grant funding is available for schools interested in participating in the San Mateo County SRTS program. Since 2011, over 100 schools have participated in the grant program. 

2020 - 2021 Call for Projects - UPDATE (6/3) - The due date has been extended to June 30, 2020.

May 21, 2020                                           Call for Proposals available on Safe Routes webpage

June 30, 2020                                          Proposals Due by 5:00 pm (submission link provided in application)

July 1, 2020 – July 15, 2020                    Review Proposals

July 16, 2020                                            Applicants Notified via e-mail regarding application status

TBD                                                          Notification of Award Letters and MOUs Sent

Call for Projects Letter

2020-2021 Safe Routes to School Grant Application (Open this as a "Read Only" document. You do not need a password.) 

If you downloaded the application prior to 5/22 at 5:00 pm, the "cover sheet link" may not work. You can access the cover sheet via the "application components" link below or by downloading the application again.

UPDATE (6/3) - The application due date has been extended to 5:00 pm on 6/30/2020.

Application Components - The grant application and all associated documents can be found in this folder.

Previous Projects

Grant funding has supported a variety of non-infrastructure activities. A few examples of funded projects include:

  • Education: Bike Rodeos, Pedestrian Safety Assemblies, After School Bike Club Cycling Education, During School Bike Mechanics Courses, Parent Education Events, Route Maps, Website Development
  • Encouragement: Materials for hosting weekly/monthly Walk and Roll to School Days, Golden Sneaker Contests, Walk/Bike Across California and the United States, Secret Bike Brigades
  • Enforcement:  Materials for Students Safety Patrol/Kiddie Valet and volunteer Crossing Guard Programs
  • Engineering: Not applicable for the 2019-2020 grant cycle
  • Evaluation: Data Entry of Program Data
  • Project Coordination

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.

International Walk to School Day: October 7, 2020

International Walk to School Day (IWTSD) is a global event involving children walking to school.

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. 

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.


Reserving Our 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 Ruth Wallace at

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.

Coloring Page

Share your safety message by downloading and coloring in this teddy bear image and post it with the hashtag #goingonabearhunt. Share your teddy bear art with for a chance to be featured in the gallery below!

Additional Resources

Theresa Vallez-Kelly

Coordinator, Safe Routes to Schools and TUPE


Phone: (650) 802-5429

Vanessa Castro

Project Specialist, Safe Routes to Schools


Phone: (650) 802-5430

Ruth Wallace

Administrative Assistant, Safe Routes to Schools


Phone: (650) 802-5428