Santa Clara Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is a community-wide effort to encourage and empower more K-8 students to get to school by foot, bike, or other people-powered transportation.
Through our Safe Routes to School programs, we prepare children with the safety knowledge they need to stay healthy and active by bicycling and walking to school.
Not long ago, half of all children got to school by biking or walking. Today, just 15 percent of school children bike or walk to school. We now seek to reverse this trend by working with Santa Clara schools, students, parents, and the community at large to promote more active forms of transportation to and from school.
The Five E’s:
The program will utilize the following components to promote more walking and bicycling:
Education – Classroom and outdoor instruction that teaches students safe walking and biking skills to use on their way to and from school.
Encouragement – Keep participants engaged through events, contests, and initiatives that encourage students and parents to walk and bike to school more often.
Engineering – Help identify barriers and solve problems in the built environment to make biking and walking easier.
Enforcement – Work with law enforcement to improve traffic safety around schools.
Evaluation – Measure and monitor progress and success of programs and activities.
Our goals are to:
Goal 1: Create widespread community support for the City of Santa Clara SR2S program.
Goal 2: Establish accepted routes for walking and biking to each participant school.
Goal 3: Increase biking and walking among students.
Goal 4: Foster a culture of active transportation in the community.