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Walking and bicycling are important parts of leading a healthy lifestyle; however, many children don’t start out the day with these activities. To help change this, Metro has taken the step of working with schools to develop safe and active travel options.
We’re introducing a new program called Safe Routes to School to encourage the use of alternative travel modes among students, such as walking, biking, and public transit. Metro’s Safe Routes to School Program can benefit neighborhoods and school communities by promoting safe travel, healthy exercise, traffic congestion reduction and air quality improvements around schools. The program currently includes ten pilot schools.
Countywide Safe Routes to School Initiative
Metro and the Southern California Association of Governments are working with stakeholders to develop a Countywide Safe Routes to School Initiative to help communities start Safe Routes to School programs or sustain and enhance existing efforts. This involves assessing needs and identifying opportunities, collecting data, and convening an advisory committee to guide Metro’s initiative.
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Safe Routes to School is a nationwide movement to promote walking and biking to school among students, and to encourage healthier habits and safer, more vibrant communities. While programs vary between schools, they often focus on one or more of the “5 E’s”: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering and Evaluation.
Different approaches range from in-class training exercises to community-wide special events to making pedestrian infrastructure improvements (such as installing crosswalks). Each program is different, depending on the scale of the project and the community’s individual needs.
Safe Routes to School Pilot Program
Metro’s Safe Routes to School Pilot Program will work with ten schools to provide education and encouragement to promote a safer environment for students to walk and bike to school. The schools were chosen based on a variety of factors, including high bicycle and pedestrian collisions near school campus and demographic data about the student population. The three-year pilot program will provide Metro with information and data to help develop the Countywide Safe Routes to School Initiative.
The 10 schools taking part in the program include:
- Charles White Elementary
- Dayton Heights Elementary
- Evelyn Thurman Gratts Elementary
- Grant Elementary
- Kingsley Elementary
- Leo Politi Elementary
- Los Feliz Elementary
- Ramona Elementary
- Tenth Street Elementary
- John Adams Middle
The pilot program is led by Metro in partnership with the City of LA Department of Transportation and the County of LA Department of Public Health with funding from Caltrans.
To provide feedback on how Safe Routes to School is already working or can improve safety in your community, click here.
Parents & Families
There are lots of ways for parents to get involved in a Safe Routes to School program. Want to learn if there is a Safe Routes to School program at your child’s school, or how to start one? Visit the Resources menu on the right to learn more about Safe Routes to School efforts in LA County, California, and throughout the United States.
If you are a parent at one of Metro’s 10 pilot schools and want to learn how to get involved, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 213.922.2606. To provide feedback on how Safe Routes to School is already working or can improve safety in your community, click here.
Teachers & Principals
Teachers, principals and administrators are great resources for students and parents to learn more about biking and walking safely around schools and in their neighborhoods. At select schools, Metro and our partners will work directly with school faculty and staff to schedule parent and student trainings, walk and bike to school days, community and school events, and other activities to promote safe walking and biking to and from school.
Teachers can also introduce pedestrian and bicycle safety in the classroom. For ideas, you can visit the following websites:
- Safe Routes to School Educational Curriculum Resources
- Safety-Related Music & Videos for Kids
- Bicycle Safety Education (video & quiz available in English & Spanish)
- Pedestrian Safety Education (video & quiz available in English & Spanish)
Want to learn if there is a Safe Routes to School Program at your school, or how to start one? Visit the Resources menu on the right to learn more about Safe Routes to Schools efforts in LA County, California, and the United States.
If you are a teacher or administrator at one of Metro’s 10 pilot schools and want to provide feedback on how Safe Routes to School is already working or can improve safety in your school, please click here.
Safe Routes to Schools programs exist all over California, the United States, and across the world, at various scales. To learn about schools that have already received Safe Routes to School funding in your jurisdiction, you can download maps and tables (including collision data) for California cities and counties from the Berkeley Traffic Injury Mapping System (TIMS).
Many funding opportunities are available for your community or school to start its own Safe Routes to School program, both infrastructure-based, including sidewalk, crosswalk and crossing signal improvements, and non-infrastructure projects such as education and encouragement programs.
Additional information about ongoing Safe Routes to School programs and how to sustain your program can be found at the California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center website. You can also learn how to start a program here.
If your city or agency would like to provide feedback on how Safe Routes to School is already working or can improve safety in your community, click here.