Safe Routes to School: South Sacramento

Project Background

WALKSacramento received a three-year grant from The California Endowment to implement Safe Routes to School programs at schools within the South Sacramento Building Healthy Communities area. The focus of the program is to improve student health and well-being, engage students and families around active transportation issues, and spur policy and systems change that supports healthy communities. Nine schools, including two middle schools and a high school, participated in comprehensive programming that included traffic safety education, encouragement events, and identification of infrastructure needs and opportunities.

Project Role

SRTS Program Implementer

Project Partners

The California Endowment, South Sacramento BHC, SCUSD Be Here!

Project Timeline

Spring 2017 – Current

2019 by the numbers

Children and parents shouldn’t have to worry about safely getting to school.

Oak Ridge Elementary School

Oak Ridge Staff prioritized the safety of student travel through regular walk to school days, community awareness, and more.

Fern Bacon Middle School

Fern Bacon Middle School launched Safe Routes to School programming during the 2016/2017 school to advocate for improved active transportation infrastructure.

Pacific Elementary School

Pacific Elementary School launched Safe Routes to School programming during the 2016/2017 school year out of community concern for student safety. 

Elder Creek Elementary School

In Spring 2020, Elder Creek Implemented new Pick-up and Drop-off Guidelines and held a monthly Walking School Bus with over 80 student participants.

Will C. Wood Middle School

Throughout the 2018/19 school year, WALKSacramento worked with students to identify critical connections to WCW from Morrison Creek.

Peter Burnett Elementary School

Pacific Elementary School launched Safe Routes to School programming during the 2016/2017 school year out of community concern for student safety. 

Nicholas Elementary School

Nicholas Elementary launched the SRTS program to address safety concerns and start a walking school bus program.

Ethel I. Baker Elementary School

The Baker Bears had a strong walking school bus program but wanted to do more to promote safe walking and biking in their neighborhood. 

City Year Walking School Bus Training

WALKSacramento led a training with City Year staff on ways to start a walking school bus program in coordination with schools as a way to tackle chronic absenteeism. 

Youth Climate Summit

The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together SCUSD teachers and students who are committed to addressing climate change. WALKSacramento as asked to present at the summit.