Safe Routes to School

At SVBC, we are committed to helping raise healthy and active children. Through our Safe Routes to School programs, we prepare children with the safety knowledge they need to stay healthy and active by bicycling and walking to school.

Not long ago, half of all children got to school by biking or walking. Today, just 15 percent of school children bike or walk to school. An international movement in over 40 countries and in all 50 states has been underway to reverse this recent trend by aiming to promote more biking and walking through increased safety, awareness, and education.

Our programs use the following components to promote more walking and bicycling:

The Five E’s:

  • Education – Classroom and outdoor instruction that teach students safe walking and biking skills to use on their way to and from school.
  • Encouragement – Keep participants engaged through events, contests and initiatives that encourage students and parents to walk and bike to school more often.
  • Engineering – Help identify barriers and solve problems in the built environment to make biking and walking easier.
  • Enforcement – Work with law enforcement to improve traffic safety around schools.
  • Evaluation – Measure and monitor progress and success of programs and activities.

San Mateo County


In partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education, SVBC has been involved in promoting and delivering Safe Routes to School programming at over half a dozen cities in San Mateo County. Our efforts at these schools are not only meant to promote more walking and bicycling, but to also generate awareness in the community about the need to be more conscious about child safety. In addition to providing student walk and bike education and encouragement, multiple workshops and events are organized to engage parents and the entire community. To learn more about the San Mateo County Safe Routes to School program, visit Safe Routes to School San Mateo County.

City of Santa Clara

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SVBC has worked with the City of Santa Clara and Alta Planning + Design to implement a two-year Safe Routes to School program at six elementary schools and one middle school in the Santa Clara Unified School District: Montague, Bowers, Briarwood, Haman, Sutter, Scott Lane, and Cabrillo. The program included bike and walk to school education and encouragement through classroom instruction, bike rodeos, walking school buses, and other fun events and activities that promote more walking and bicycling. The program is expected to continue during the 2015-2016 school year, with an addition of more schools. More details will be announced soon.  To learn more about this program, visit Santa Clara Safe Routes to School.

Ongoing Collaboration

SVBC also reaches out to provide support and expertise to other schools and agencies that want to implement Safe Routes to School programs in Silicon Valley and the Peninsula. In Santa Clara County, we are a member of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Work Group for the Traffic Safe Communities Network of Santa Clara County Public Health.

We would like to thank Specialized Bicycles for supporting our youth education and Safe Routes to School programs.

Recent News

Summer Bicycling Workshops for 100 San Jose Youth + Free Bikes!

Bikes and sunny days: what could be better? This summer, SVBC partnered with the City of San Jose’s Fit Camp program to deliver fun, engaging, and educational bicycling workshops to youth throughout the city. Nearly 100 youth from six community centers gained knowledge and confidence as they learned essential bike riding skills through instruction, fun games, bicycle rodeos, maintenance workshops, and rides. Some of the top highlights from camps included a couple of rides through neighborhood streets and along the Los Gatos Creek Trail. Through this program, we were also as able to donate 18 bikes and 39 helmets to youth in most need, as well as provide a fleet of bikes for the Roosevelt Community Center to utilize in future year-round bike programs. These bikes were donated by Palo Alto-based software company TIBCO, who also enjoyed a fun, team-building day of building the bikes and getting them ready for the youth. We thank TIBCO for their generous donation of bikes and the City of San Jose’s Safe Summer Initiatives program for funding these workshops that kept youth active and engaged through the summer. TIBCO bike donation — Thanks! Youth skills course Ride along the Los Gatos Creek...

Now hiring: Education Programs Coordinator

Purpose: The Education Programs Coordinator will play an important role in supporting the varied work of the Education Programs department, with an emphasis on Safe Routes to School (SR2S) programs in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Education Programs are an important part of SVBC’s mission and integral to several of our strategic outcomes. Position reports to Education Programs Manager and works closely with Deputy Director and Outreach Manager. Description: Under the supervision of the Deputy Director, the Education Programs Coordinator supports the Safe Routes to School Program and other educational efforts by providing program coordination, education, and support to school districts, school sites, and community partners. This position will be running or supporting programs that engage youth grades K-12 as well as programs that provide bicycling safety and skills education to the general public, and shall assume accountability for the results in achieving the outlined goals and objectives of those programs. Primary responsibilities of the Education Programs Coordinator include (but are not limited to): Develop, plan, promote, implement, and evaluate a wide-range of youth and family-related events. Measure performance, relevancy, and effectiveness of assigned programs. Ongoing program development and strategic planning. Work with the Outreach Manager to use a range of communication and marketing tools to promote events and increase attendance. Coordinate with partner organizations and cities to schedule, promote, and design effective programs. Instruct in-class and on-bike lessons on bicycle and pedestrian safety to youth ranging in age from 6-18. Coordinate and instruct a variety of adult education classes and events, including workshops, presentations, and skills courses. Work with PTAs, principals, teachers, school staff, and public agency...

Safe Routes to School wraps up the year

The school year has come to an end and with it our Safe Routes to School team has wrapped up another successful program. During the 2014/15 school year we provided over 3,000 students with bicycle and pedestrian safety education through in-school programming throughout San Mateo County. SVBC had the opportunity to work with the Belmont Redwood Shores, San Mateo Foster City, East Palo Alto, and Millbrae school districts to provide a range of activities to their students. We did everything from pedestrian and bike rodeos, whole school assemblies, and walk/bike to school encouragement events. A teacher at Foster City Elementary invited us to her 5th grade class for both indoor and outdoor bicycle education. This is the second year she has invited SVBC and the thank you cards the students made after we visited will bring a smile to your face. We’re looking forward to expanding our Safe Routes to School offerings in both counties in the coming school year! Foster City Elementary School 5th grade Thank You Card Foster City Elementary School 5th grade Thank You Card Foster City Elementary School 5th grade Thank You Card Foster City Elementary School 5th grade Thank You Card Foster City Elementary School 5th grade Thank You Card Foster City Elementary School 5th grade Thank You...