Safe Routes to School


January 3rd, 2017, we welcome Point Loma Silvergate Elementary students back to school with a new flashing crosswalk! Thank-you parents, City of San Diego and community advocates!

~ Lorie Zapf


Mayor Kevin Faulconer (then District-2 Councilman), Michael Patton and Nicole Burgess discussing “Safe Routes to School” in October, 2012. Mayor Faulconer rode the whole route that the daily Dana Bike Train follows every day. Traffic, busy streets and lack of safe options were pointed out for potential  upgrades.





California Safe Routes to School

The Active Transportation Resource Center (ATRC) assists California’s communities with resources, technical assistance, and training materials to implement active transportation projects.

The ATRC is funded by the California Transportation Commission as part of the Active Transportation Program (ATP), and is administered by the California Department of Transportation.

The materials within this website are focused on Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program information, and were originally developed by the University of California-San Francisco and the California Department of Public Health, Safe and Active Communities Branch as part of California’s Safe Routes to School efforts.

Caltrans has partnered with the California Department of Public Health, Safe and Active Communities Branch to assist the ATRC with safe routes to school and other active transportation educational resources.


SANDAG Regional Safe Routes to School Implementation

“Safe Routes to School” efforts create streets that safely accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians, coupling infrastructure improvements with education, encouragement, and other programs designed to make walking and biking safer and more desirable.

With the overarching goals of improving safety and encouraging active transportation, Safe Routes to School efforts improve health, reduce transportation costs, and decrease school-related vehicle trips, thus improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion near schools. Safe Routes to School efforts also teach children healthy lifestyle skills and heighten public awareness about the benefits of active transportation.

To further realize these benefits, the Regional Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan (Strategic Plan) proposes a blueprint for a regional strategy to make walking and bicycling to and from school safer and facilitate the development of more attractive travel choices for families throughout the region.

 San Diego Regional Safe Routes to School Strategic Plan ~ March 2012