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Five young friends with bicycles scooters and skateboard outdoorStudent Travel and Parent Attitude Data

To strengthen your case for funding, provide information on how students currently get to and from school and the perceived and real barriers families experience that prevent or encourage walking and bicycling.

The National Center for SRTS provides ready-to-use standardized forms in multiple languages to assist you in collecting this data. For technical assistance, please contact your TARC Regional Coordinator.

Find data collection forms and tools here:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Collision and Injury Data

For assistance with data sources contact your Regional Coordinator.

  • Fact Sheet – “Helmet use Reduces Traumatic  Brain Injury Among Young Bicyclists”
    • This fact sheet has been prepared by the Crash Medical Outcomes Data (CMOD) Project, part of the Safe and Active Communities Branch of CDPH, where TARC is also housed. This fact sheet highlights some of the data available through the Linked Crash-Medical Data online query.  We hope this information will be helpful in your efforts to prevent injuries involving young bicyclists.
  • Custom SRTS pedestrian and bicycle injury maps
    • Interactive PDF maps available for each city and county in California provide GIS maps of pedestrian/bicycle collision data within 1/2 mile of schools as well as school income status (as determined by percent of students eligible for Free and Reduced Price Meals) and past state and federal SRTS awards.
  • online query
    • On-line database of county-level California injury data, including Crash Medical Outcomes data and emergency department data for pedestrian and bicycle injuries.  Data includes the type of crash (e.g., pedestrian), age of victim, and time of incident. (California Department of Public Health)
  • Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System
    • Annual reports of traffic collision data from police records. (California Highway Patrol)
  • Transportation Injury Mapping System
    • Traffic injury and collision data and mapping analysis tools. (Safe Transportation Research and Education Center, UC Berkeley)
  • National pedestrian and bicycle injury data, as well as school transportation-related collision data
    • Data on gender, age, and time of day information is presented in addition to total collisions for each state. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

California Department of Education Data

  • Free and Reduced Price Meal Eligibility data
    • Data on public school enrollment, percent CalWORKS children, and percent free and reduced price meal eligible children at each school.  This data is required for Caltrans SRTS/SR2S funding applications.
  • Public School and District Address information
    • School addresses, superintendents’ or principal’s contact information, as well as whether the school is open, merged, or closed (updated daily).
  • County-District-School (CDS) Code Assignments
    • Lists official, unique identification number for schools in California.  This data is required for both State and Federal SRTS award applications.
  • Physical Fitness Testing Results
    • Data on state, county, school district and school-level results of physical fitness test for students in California, FITNESSGRAM®, for 5th, 7th, and 9th grade students.  (California Department of Education)

Community/School Demographic Data

  • California Health Interview Survey
    • A free online tool to help you search for health statistics in by county including data on physical activity, walk/bike/skate to school (by county or region), and proximity to school among students who don’t walk or bicycle to school.
  • Kidsdata.Org
    • Results from surveys on children’s health and well-being including perceptions of safety and security.  Data is  provided on the city, county, and school district level.
  • California Environmental Health Tracking Program
    • Data, information and tools on health topics such as asthma and other health outcomes linked to environmental hazards.
  • Healthy City
    • Allows you to build maps and charts with demographic, economic, health and safety, housing, and user-uploaded data.

Bicycling and Walking Data

  • Trends in Walking and Bicycling to School from 2007 to 2012
    • New research from the National Center for Safe Routes to School – based on parent survey data collected by nearly 4,700 U.S. schools from 2007 to 2012 – shows that more K-8 students are walking to and from school across the country.   According to the data, the percentage of K-8 children who walked to school in the morning increased from 12.4 percent to 15.7 percent (representing a 27 percent increase). Similarly, the percentage of K-8 children who walked from school in the afternoon increased from 15.8 percent to 19.7 percent (representing a 24 percent increase).  Another significant finding of this research was that the percentage of parents who reported that their child’s school supporting walking and bicycling for the school commute rose from 24.9 percent to 33 percent.
  • California Health Interview Survey
    • A free online tool to help you search for health statistics in by county including data on physical activity, walk/bike/skate to school (by county or region), and proximity to school among students who don’t walk or bicycle to school.
  • How Children Get to School: School Travel Patterns from 1969 to 2009
    • Describes how student school travel in the U.S. changed from 1969 through 2009 using information from the 2001 and 2009 National Household Travel Survey and the 1969 and 1995 Nationwide Personal Transportation Surveys.  This information can be used as national benchmarks by communities, schools and Safe Routes to School programs to better interpret their results. (National Center for SRTS)
  • 2012 Benchmarking Report
    • Analyzes  data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and at least the 51 most-populated U.S. cities. (Alliance for Biking and Walking)