Transporting children to and from school, sports, and other activities generates a lot of trips. 511 Contra Costa encourages students to walk, bike, carpool, or take the bus whenever they can. Our youth programs serve families and schools with a focus on safety and clean air in the school zone.
Free Bus Passes for Students
Each fall, our Student Bus Pass Program encourages middle and high school students to use public transit to get to and from school via AC Transit, County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, or WestCAT. Families can apply to receive free transit passes to start the school year.
The next application period for complimentary Tri Delta Transit passes will be March 2-31, 2020. For passes on other transit agencies, check back in July for program information.
Summer Youth Pass
Available for purchase in May, 511 Contra Costa’s Summer Youth Pass provides unlimited rides for youth ages 6 to 18 on County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, and WestCAT buses all summer long at a great discount.
Tips for Walking, Biking, or Rolling to School
☑ Wear bright colors and apply reflective tape to backpacks, jackets, and bikes.
☑ Use crosswalks, and make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
☑ Stop, look: left-right-left, listen.
☑ Bike on the right side of the road.
☑ Keep cell phones in backpacks to stay alert and be aware of traffic.
☑ Live too far to walk? Drive part of the way, and walk the rest! Allow your child to build independence, walk with friends, and reap the health rewards of exercise before school.
Safe Routes To School
K-12 Safe Routes to School programs focus
on bicycle and pedestrian safety education
Select your city below to learn about Safe Routes programs in your community:
Seasonal Safety Flyers
Download these PDFs to post or share:
- Back to School Safety – English
- Back to School Safety – Spanish
- Drop-off Don’ts
- Halloween Safety
- Winter Break: Rain Walk Safety
Walk & Bike to School Days
Held annually, these fun events promote pedestrian/bicycle safety and physical activity while decreasing air pollution and traffic congestion around campus. Walk & Bike to School Days build connections between students, schools, and the community at large.
National Bike to School Day: May 6, 2020
Activities and Games
Mr Beeps is a robotic car who teaches students to be traffic safety experts while out on the road. He will help you learn how to be safe around traffic and sidewalks.
Why Don’t Hydrogen Cars Fly Away?
A book with questions & answers on being greener with your car.