Marin County Safe Routes to School

Established in 2000, Marin’s Safe Routes to School Program encourages walking, biking, transit, and 3+ carpool for students going to and from school. The program was one of the first of its kind in the U.S. and served as a pilot that has since been applied across the country. Safe Routes to School uses a planning framework known as the six Es: education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, evaluation, and equity. There are many benefits of Safe Routes to School for the students, schools, and community, and by shifting peak morning commute trips away from driving, the program helps reduce congestion from school drop off. Additionally, funding new safe pathways and crossing for walking and rolling as part of Safe Routes to School can be used outside of school trips by the community.

Crossing guard and students crossing at a bicycle trail in Marin County

Outcomes

Since 2008, student trips to school in single-student-occupancy private vehicles decreased from 62% to 38%. Carpooling to school increased from 11% to 21% and active (walk, roll) trips to school increased an average of 14%. Over the same timeframe, active transportation trips across the county have increased 2%.

How might this action support 101-MAP Goals?