Helping Create Healthy Kids, Safer Streets & a Stronger Community
Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is a national movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools. Our program is designed to decrease traffic and pollution and increase the health of children and the community. The program is made possible by partnerships with the Albany Unified School District, parent and student volunteers, local nonprofit agencies, donations from local businesses, and grants from the state and federal government.
The City began its SR2S Program in 2007. The City partners with TransForm, a non-profit organization that administers the SR2S program in Alameda County, to deliver a variety of education and encouragement programs.Through this partnership, the City has established the monthly walk and roll to school day, International Walk to School Day in October, Bike to School Day in May, the Golden Sneaker Contest in the spring, the Bike Program during P.E. and several educational presentations at each elementary school. Some of these activities are also being implemented at the Middle School and the High School. The City also puts on a Bike Rodeo each Spring to teach students bicycle safety in a fun environment. The City has two bike blenders that are used at events throughout the year to encourage more students to bike to school.
The City has also created a SR2S Task Force, a group that includes parent volunteers from each of the three elementary schools, staff from the City and from TransForm. The Task Force meets quarterly to plan and monitor the SRTS activities for each school year.
In 2012, the City obtained a federal Safe Routes to School Grant for staff support, encouragement, and education activities at the three elementary schools and at Albany Middle School for three school years from 2012-2015. The grant includes a contract with TransForm for the provision of materials, staff support, teacher and parent trainings, academic curriculum development and encouragement activities of the SRTS program in Albany.
The National Center for Safe Routes to School serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program and assists communities with technical support and resources.
The environmental impact of implementing an educational SR2S program is greatly positive for the City. This program encourages walking and bicycling to school, thereby reducing emissions around the school campus and contributing to decreasing the carbon footprint within the City.Climate Action Plan measure TL-4.4E requires the City to work with the schools to facilitate SRTS programs and conduct outreach encouraging students and families to walk to school.
The program relies heavily on our dedicated volunteers who help with events throughout the year. If you’re interested in helping out with this program, please email Claire Griffing.