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Humboldt County Office of Education: Safe Routes to School

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Safe Routes to School Resources

HCOE is partnering with the Safe Routes to School Task Force to bring you this page of resources for students who walk or ride a bike to school. We will be adding more resources and information over the summer. Be sure to check back here often!

What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a program and movement that encourages children to walk or bike to school if safe, and by removing barriers that make it unsafe. Safety concerns vary school by school because no two schools are alike which is why SRTS uses different strategies, such as evaluation, engagement, engineering, education, encouragement, and equity to ensure that all children can get to and from school safely regardless of how they get there.

Walking and bicycling (or rolling by other means) to school provides many benefits. It reduces traffic congestion during arrival and dismissal by reducing car trips. It gives kids the chance to get the daily exercise they need to be healthy. It helps our youth get to know their neighborhoods better, establishes life long safety skills, and studies even show kids who walk or bike to school tend to perform better in school.

Safety Info Sheets

From RCAA’s Natural Resources Services Division

Safe Routes to School Resouces

Need a Safe Route? Check out these local School Walking Maps that show distance, time, and suggested routes.

Looking for pedestrian safety lessons for your class? The Humboldt Educational Resource Center at HCOE has the Redwood Mobility Education Program lessons and materials available for any school or district to borrow. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration also has pedestrian safety lessons and materials available for Grades 1-5 on their website.

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration also has great bicycle safety activities and information to share with kids.

You can find more resources and information about Humboldt County’s SRTS efforts at humboldtsaferoutes.org.

Looking for something specific or have questions? Contact Jenny Weiss at weiss@nrsrcaa.org.