The Transportation Authority of Marin administers Safe Routes to School (SR2S) programs aimed at promoting walking, bicycling, taking transit or carpooling to school; planning safer walking and bicycling routes to schools; funding the construction of safe pathways to school; and providing crossing guards at major intersections.
About UsSafe Routes to Schools (SR2S) is a program of the Transportation Authority of Marin designed to reduce local congestion around schools by increasing the number of children walking and biking to school. A SR2S program integrates health, fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness and safety under one program. It is an opportunity for parents to work closely with their children's school, the community and the local Marin government to create a healthy lifestyle for children and a safer and cleaner environment for everyone. The program is offered to all schools in Marin County, California. The program has four components:
Did you walk or bike to school when you were young? Thirty years ago over 66% of all children walked to school (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Walking or biking to school gives children a taste of freedom and responsibility, allows them to enjoy the fresh air and the opportunity to get to know their neighborhood, while arriving at school alert, refreshed and ready to start their day. Yet most American children are denied this experience --today, only 13% of America's children walk or bike to school (US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
According to local studies, 21-27% of morning traffic is attributed to parents driving their children to school (Marin County Congestion Management Agency). This has caused increased traffic congestion around schools, prompting even more parents to drive their kids. The consequences to our children, to their health and to the health of the community are extensive.
A successful Safe Routes to Schools program improves the health and safety of pupils and the surrounding neighborhood. Students increase their physical activity, potentially improving their alertness and behavior. California studies have shown that children who are physically active perform better academically (California Department of Education, December 2002)
Cities with existing programs have experienced reduced traffic congestion, reduced collision in and around schools, and decreased speed in residential neighborhoods. Children learn valuable traffic safety skills and responsibility and more people of all ages are able to walk and bike in the neighborhood as a result of improved access.
MCBC's Safe Routes to Schools Program Website
TAM Regularly monitors and assesses the Safe Routes Program to maintain a world class Safe Routes to Schools program. Every three years, a formal evaluation report is prepared to assess the current program and provide recommendations for consideration.
Read the Marin County Safe Routes to Schools Program Evaluation (September 2016).
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