Schools and Kids

Safe Routes To School

There are three K-12 school-based bicycle and pedestrian safety training programs known as Street Smarts, in Contra Costa. Each program is tailored to the needs of the local communities and school districts.

sanramon3The City of San Ramon provides the Streets Smarts San Ramon Valley program. Visit the website.

street_smarts_diablo_sm-500x230The office of 511 Contra Costa provides the Street Smarts Diablo program to public K-12 schools in central (Walnut Creek, Concord, Clayton, Pleasant Hill, and Martinez) and east Contra Costa. Visit the website.

In West Contra Costa and  in Priority Development Areas, the Contra Costa Community Wellness and Prevention Program, as part of the Health Services Department, provides a Walk and Roll Safe Routes to School program. Visit the website.

School Public Transit Ticket Program

The 511 Contra Costa school transit ticket program encourages primary and secondary level students to use public transit to get to and from school. The school public transit ticket program includes the following transit operators: AC Transit, County Connection, Tri Delta Transit, WestCAT.  Learn more about the program.

Benefits of choosing an alternative mode of school transportation include:

  • Less congested traffic before/after school means safer neighborhoods
  • Reduce the time you spend chauffeuring your children
  • Save money on gas and car maintenance
  • Be more aware of the options you have to get around without relying on a car
  • Try walking your kids to school (if you are able to) and get some exercise in while while also being good to the environment

Important safety tips if your child is walking, biking, or rolling to school

  • Encourage children to wear bright colors when walking, biking, or rolling (skateboard, scooter, roller skates) and to use reflective tape on backpacks or jackets.
  • Try organizing a “Walking School Bus”—a group of children who walk a designated route together under adult supervision. Make “pickups” along the way just like a real bus, but without the pollution!
  • As a first step, try parking and walking to school. While not ideal, this is a good way to begin letting your child walk to school independently. We suggest designating an area 1/4 to 1/2 mile from school where you can drop off your child and let them safely walk the remaining distance.

Kids and parents can go green, too!

Kids can do their part to help reduce pollution by walking, rolling (skateboard/scooter/roller skates), biking, or taking the bus to school or to their extracurricular activities.
Check out our Activities and Games Page for fresh ideas for how to make environmentally friendly transportation choices with your kids.
And keep an eye on the 511 Contra Costa blog for updates on upcoming youth friendly activities in Contra Costa County.