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Safe Routes to School Program

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs use a comprehensive approach to make school routes safer for children to walk and bike to school. Community leaders, parents and schools are using these programs to better the lives of children one step at a time.

Safe Routes to School programs are a sustained effort that involves bringing the right mix of people together: parents, schools, community leaders and local, state, and federal governments to improve the health and well-being of children, including those with disabilities, by identifying the issues and finding ways to improve and make walking or biking to school more safe.  By making it safer to walk or bike to school, Safe Routes To School programs promotes healthy, active lifestyles and creates the foundation for a more vibrant community.  

More information about the program in the City of Riverside

What you can do:

  1. Conduct a Walk Audit.  Assess the safety of school travel routes and identify specific areas that can be improved.  
  2. Participate in a local Walk or Bike Program. Click on our “Links” page for contacts.
  3. Join or support your school’s Walking Wednesday or Fit Friday programs.  If your school doesn’t have a program, contact us at 358-7173 and we can help you.
  4. Participate in National Walk To School Day (1st Wednesday every October).
  5. Bring your Family and participate in the Family Fun Ride in Fairmont Park during Bike to School and Work Week in May.
  6. Join the Safe Routes To School Coalition in Riverside.  A public forum to share, support and network with one another.

Riverside County Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention Department received funding from Caltrans to provide pedestrian education and encouragement activities at elementary schools throughout the city of Riverside.

For more information, please contact Gail Carlson, Public Health Program Coordinator, Injury Prevention Services, Safe Routes To School, (951) 358-7173.

Walk to School Day in Riverside: Click here to a watch video report from Instant Riverside.com.

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IPS office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5 pm.

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