Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center
Thirty years ago, more than 66 percent of all children walked to school. Walking or biking to school gives children a sense of freedom and responsibility, allows them to enjoy the fresh air, and provides opportunities to get to know their neighborhood while arriving at school alert, refreshed, and ready to start their day. Yet today most American children are denied this experience; in fact, only 13 percent of American children walk or bike to school.
A successful Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program integrates health, fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness, and safety under one program. It is an opportunity to work closely with your school, your community, and your local government to create a healthy lifestyle for children and a safer, cleaner environment for everyone.
The Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC) is funded by a grant from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to provide technical assistance, training, and resource development for California’s current and potential SRTS non-infrastructure grantees. SRTS grants are administered by Caltrans. TARC’s goals are to support California’s SRTS program by increasing the number of schools and communities that have successful SRTS programs and increasing the number of children and youth who are able to (and do) walk, bike, and roll safely to and from school. TARC also places a special focus on building capacity of low-income and underserved schools and communities to successfully participate in the SRTS program.
For more information about Safe Routes to School, please visit our Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center website or contact Lisa Cirill, Chief, California Active Communities, at Lisa.Cirill@cdph.ca.gov or (916) 552-9943.
Our goal is to build and support capacity among communities so children and families can safely walk, bike, and roll to and from school.