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Safe Routes to School

NP Power of the PedalRead this recent Santa Barbara News Press article
summarizing our Safe Routes to School program
in conjunction with the Santa Barbara Bike Coalition.

Watch our Safe Routes to School Slideshow to see our programs in action!

Safe Routes to School Program Overview

Did you walk or bike to school when you were a child?

Thirty years ago, more than 66% of all children walked to school. Today, only 13% of American children walk or bike to school. Many parents cite safety concerns as the main challenge in biking or walking to school.

COAST’s successful program, Safe Routes to School (SR2S), focuses on traffic problems associated with access to schools. SR2S is a popular program spreading across Canada and the US, designed to decrease traffic and pollution and improve the health of children and the community. The program promotes walking and biking to school through education and incentives that show how much fun it can be! SR2S also addresses the safety concerns of parents by encouraging greater enforcement of traffic laws, educating the public, and exploring ways through advocacy to create safer streets.

2nd Grade Walk Hope School 9-2013

SR2S Coordinator Kim Stanley-Zimmerman leads a walk for 2nd graders around Hope School.

COAST coordinates the efforts of 20 agency and community partners, including the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, the PTA Safety Committee, various government and law enforcement agencies, Traffic Solutions and the Diabetes Resource Center. SR2S has developed a school zone safety assessment, safety videos, and an education and safety-training program, through which we conduct popular ‘bike rodeos’ at community schools. SR2S also distributes low-cost bicycle helmets (often free to children of low-income families).

Marianne Fitting at Hope School 9-2013

Long-time volunteer Marianne helps a young bicyclist fit her brand-new helmet at Hope School.

Safe Routes to School integrates health, fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness and safety all under one program. It is an opportunity to work closely with your school, your community and your local government to create a healthy lifestyle for children and a safer and cleaner environment for everyone.

If you would like to be a Safe Routes to School “Champion” and lead your school’s program, please go to our Champions’ Page.

To see examples of Walk & Roll school challenges in our area, go to our Walk & Roll Challenges page.

Also, please check out this site: (Opens a new window)