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. 

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.

Check out the information below for encouraging safe and active transportation in your school or district.

Safe Routes to School and COVID-19

The way students travel has changed in the age of COVID-19. Students are back in school for in-person learning! Encourage them to walk or bicycle to school! We are working with schools and cities to make streets safer for students. Click HERE  and HERE to view resources from two meetings we hosted for city staff. 

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.

Safe Routes to School Baby Yoda's Safe Journey

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 6, 2021

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.

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day: November 17, 2021

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

Golden Sneaker Events: February 2022 - March 2022

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, 2022

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 4, 2022

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 2021

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.

’21-’22 Safe Routes to School Grant 

A program budget for non-infrastructure activities of up to $258,000 and up to $105,000 for small capital infrastructure and special projects has been established for the 2021-2022 school year. Any San Mateo County school/district interested in applying for SRTS funds may apply for up to $20,000 in small capital infrastructure/special projects and up to $9,000 in non-infrastructure funding (for single school applicants)School districts may apply on behalf of their schools with a maximum award of $50,000 per district for non-infrastructure. Grant applications for the 2022 - 2023 school year will be available in late spring 2022.

 

 Resources

Reserving the Bike Blender

Due to Covid 19, the bike blender is not currently available for use.

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 srts@smcoe.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.

 

Theresa Vallez-Kelly

Coordinator, Safe Routes to School and TUPE

Email: tvkelly@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5429

Vanessa Castro

Project Specialist, Safe Routes to School and TUPE

Email: vcastro@smcoe.org

Phone: (650) 802-5430

Jasmine Law

Americorps Fellow: Safe Routes to School (Ravenswood)

Nina Garde

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

Stephanie Miranda

Administrative Assistant II

Email: smiranda@smcoe.org

Phone: 650-802-5428