Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an initiative that enables schools,
parents/caregivers and community leaders to encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school through infrastructure improvements and educational programs. We are fortunate to have many community partners who are dedicated to this work.
Encouraging active modes of transportation can improve public health. When more people walk and bike communities experience safer streets, a stronger sense of community, reduced traffic demands, improved air quality and greater physical fitness. Both walking and cycling are good for your heart, your muscles, your bones, and are linked to improved mental health.
SRTS Task Forces
The Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) website
serves as the clearinghouse for local Safe Routes to School information. It has information available about two local SRTS task forces, meeting times, minutes, maps and data.
Local SRTS programs have:
- Created arrival and dismissal maps for schools
- Created recommended walking route maps for schools
- Provided schools with in-class pedestrian and bicycle safety education
- Supported and encouraged walk and bike to school day activities
- Provided training for existing crossing guards
- Worked with interested schools to pilot volunteer crossing guard programs
- Helped youth to reach the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity each day
- Assisted with Walkability Assessments to identify safety concerns and solutions
- Collected and analyzed data to identify safety concerns and needs of schools
- Advocated for improved infrastructure such as crosswalks and sidewalks near schools
Crossing guard volunteers are needed to help make getting to and from Eureka City Schools safer. Call 707-268-2132 for details.