School’s in Session: Please Drive with Safety in Mind
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Safe Routes To School
Safe Routes to School programs are offered in school to K-12 students. The programs focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety education and encouragement. There are three programs tailored to the needs of the local communities and school districts within Contra Costa.
Streets Smarts San Ramon Valley
Street Smarts Diablo
Walk and Roll
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.
Benefits of choosing an alternative mode of school transportation
- 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 or biking with your kids to school and get some exercise
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.