Resources

Suggested Routes to School Maps

We have developed suggested walking and biking route maps for all seven schools participating in the City of Santa Clara Safe Routes to School program. Each map has handy information like the locations of crossing guards, crosswalks, and bike lanes.  The backside of our maps have safety tips for walking, driving, and biking around school grounds.

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First Year Report

The First Year Report, first published to this website in December of 2012, details the efforts of the first year of the Santa Clara SR2S program, from December of 2011 to June of 2012.

Santa Clara SR2S First Year Report

The “5 E’s” of a Safe Routes to School Program

A successful Safe Routes to School program needs to appropriately balance changing student & parent behavior in the future with improving safety today. Successful Safe Routes to School program elements are broken down into five categories, called “The 5 E’s”.  These five E’s are:

  1. Engineering
  2. Education
  3. Encouragement
  4. Enforcement, and
  5. Evaluation

Each E has a wide range of programs and elements that a school or community can utilize to make walking or biking to school safer and easier.  The success of a Safe Routes to School program depends upon community support and volunteers. The links above will introduce you to all the tools that can be utilized in a Safe Routes to School program. Get informed, get inspired, and help us make Safe Route to School a success!

SAFETY TIPS FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

Walking:

  • Parents: choose the best route to school and walk it with your children.
  • Always walk with a parent, a group of students, or a buddy.
  • Only cross the street at a corner or a marked crosswalk.
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. At a 4-way intersection, also look over your shoulder for cars that may be turning.
  • Use eye contact and hand signals to communicate with drivers before crossing.

Bicycling:

  • Parents: choose the safest route for biking to and from school and ride it with your children.
  • Always wear a helmet that fits correctly.
  • Inexperienced riders under the age of 10 should ride on the sidewalk. When riding on the sidewalk, ride slow and watch for cars entering or leaving driveways.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Ride on the right side of the street (with traffic flow), single file, and in a straight line.
  • Use proper hand signals before turning and stopping.

Pick-up and Drop-off:

  • Make sure children enter and exit the vehicle on the passenger side of the car, next to the sidewalk.
  • Do not block crosswalks at any time.
  • Obey all traffic signs and driving laws- they exist for the safety of the community.
  • If your school’s drop-off point is exceptionally crowded, consider parking a few blocks away and walking your child the rest of the way.

Be a safety role model for your children- wear your seatbelt, drive safely, and be aware of and courteous to pedestrians.

Links

Below are some online resources to help you learn more about Safe Routes 2 School and safe biking and walking:

Local

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition
Santa Clara County Bikeways Map
City of Santa Clara Bicycle Advisory Committee(BAC)

California

California Department of Transportation SR2S

National

National Center for Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School National Partnership