California Active Communities’ Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Technical Assistance Resource Center offers a large collection of free resources to help grow Safe Routes to School programs in your community.
Special Community Considerations
• California Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum (4th and 5th grades) • California School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines • Safe Routes to School and Student Leaders: Facilitator’s Guide to Engaging Middle School Youth • Crosswalk: Where the Needs of School Principals and Safe Routes to School Programs Intersect
• Walk To School Infographic • California Customizable SRTS Resources • California SRTS Decision Maker Toolkit • California SRTS Pedestrian and Bicycle Collision Maps • SRTS in California: Case Studies from Local Programs
Special Community Considerations
California SRTS Rural Toolkit – Coming Soon!
California’s rural communities and small towns often face special challenges when starting SRTS programs. This toolkit provides tips and case studies to help these communities develop and implement successful SRTS programs, with an appreciation and understanding of nuances and constraints that may be present in rural areas. Sign-up to be notified when this toolkit is released
California SRTS Tribal Toolkit– Coming Soon!
This toolkit provides SRTS educational materials for California’s tribal communities, based on research conducted both in California and nationally with tribes developing and sustaining SRTS programs. The toolkit addresses the importance of SRTS programs for tribal communities, vignettes of tribal SRTS programs, SRTS information for tribal health professionals, strategies for creating active and healthy tribal communities and creating SRTS programs with limited funding. Sign-up to be notified when this toolkit is released
California Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum
The California Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum (the Curriculum) provides nine lessons for the 4th and 5th grades that teach students how to be safe pedestrians and bicyclists and understand the positive impact that walking and bicycling have on their health and the environment. The Curriculum emphasizes the importance of physical activity, encourages students to develop healthy habits that benefit both their physical and academic development, and teaches skills and knowledge to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities. To facilitate the teaching of the Curriculum, each of the nine lessons is aligned with the California Common Core State Standards, the National Health Education Standards, and the California Health Education Standards, and are integrated with English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Health and Physical Education. The Curriculum can easily be adapted for use in other states or territories. This curriculum will be the first of its kind to be approved by the California Department of Public Health, the California Department of Education, and the California Department of Transportation. The California Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum has been published online on the California Department of Education’s California Healthy Kids and After School Resource Center website. The California Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Curriculum Online Training is also available through the California Department of Education’s California Healthy Kids and After School Resource Center Online Trainings website.
California School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines
School Crossing Guards (Crossing Guards) are an important part of the community and serve a vital role in the lives of children who walk or bicycle to school. Training is an essential step to help ensure that Crossing Guards are performing properly. To improve the safety of California’s school-aged children, the California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC), overseen by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and in partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), has compiled the California School Crossing Guard Training Guidelines (Guidelines) and accompanying supplemental training materials.
The Guidelines, though not mandated, provides consistent operating standards to assist Local School Crossing Guard Programs (Local Programs) in training existing and new Crossing Guards. Local Programs are encouraged to utilize the Guidelines and training materials to inform program practices and replace or supplement training procedures to promote safety among California’s children.
Safe Routes to School and Student Leaders: Facilitator’s Guide to Engaging Middle School Youth – Coming Soon!
This curriculum offers a step-by-step guide for adult facilitators to support a small group of middle school student leaders in the promotion of walking and bicycling to school. Developed by the SRTS National Partnership and UrbanThinkers, this curriculum provides practical tools, resources, and strategies for supporting student leadership in the implementation of a SRTS program in middle schools. Engaging student leaders in the planning and hosting of walking and bicycling activities ultimately increases the number of youth walking and bicycling to school, while contributing to more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly policies within schools and the broader community. Sign-up to be notified when this toolkit is released
Crosswalk: Where the Needs of School Principals and Safe Routes to School Programs Intersect
Developed with input from California school principals, Crosswalk: Where the Needs of School Principals and Safe Routes to School Programs Intersect highlights solutions to the most common barriers identified by principals and vice-principals to supporting a SRTS program including: traffic safety, lack of funding for programs, and infrastructure concerns. The toolkit includes information to help SRTS champions and program leaders think through effective communication strategies when approaching and engaging school principals, as well as a companion sheet that provides tips and guidance to developing an effective relationship with school principals. Additionally, three short fact sheets address the specific challenges of Funding, Traffic Safety, and Roadway Infrastructure Improvements.
Walk To School Infographic
Share how Safe Routes to School programs benefit our communities! Print and post this eye-catching infographic, a colorful compilation of California landmarks and easy-to-read facts. Inspire walking and bicycling to school through evidence that SRTS improves students’ health and well-being, reduces traffic congestions and pollution, increases physical activity for the whole community, and more!
California Customizable SRTS Resources
Download California Walk, Bike, and Roll materials to customize with your program information and logo. The SRTS California logo is available for use by any jurisdiction or organization working on SRTS projects in their community. A few different options are provided in zip files below. Please review the Graphics Standards document included in the zip folder to understand the correct usage of the logo, including instructions for how to add your organization’s name.
California SRTS Decision Maker Toolkit– Coming Soon!
Since decisions about transportation investments in California occur across an array of agencies, this toolkit addresses the regional and state context within which local leaders collaborate to create safer walking and bicycling environments. This toolkit also explains community conditions that support safe walking and bicycling to schools and other neighborhood destinations, as well as offering tools for local governments to support active transportation. Sign-up to be notified when this toolkit is released
California SRTS Pedestrian and Bicycle Collision Maps
These interactive geospatial PDF planning maps, developed in partnership with SafeTREC, are available for all California cities and counties. Maps provide a visual depiction of schools, including school closures and school district boundaries, street-level pedestrian and bicycle collisions, school free and reduced price meal eligibility, and past state and federal Safe Routes to School grant awards. The geospatial PDF feature allows schools or collisions in the map to be identified and the relevant data table displayed within the PDF. California SRTS Pedestrian and Bicycle Collision Maps
SRTS in California: Case Studies from Local Programs
This collection of case studies showcases different models for implementing successful SRTS programs. The in-depth case studies from the City of Chula Vista and Sacramento County were developed in partnership with the Cities Counties and Schools Partnership. SRTS in California: Case Studies from Local Programs PDF