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Safe Routes to Schools
The complete Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Partnership website is now located at http://www.alamedacountysr2s.org/.
- About the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Partnership & TransForm
- Support Available from TransForm: Training, Mentoring, Presentations, and Grant Assistance
- Our Work to Win Funds for Safe Routes to Schools Programs Across the Bay Area
TransForm Begins Program in 2006
TransForm, a champion for making it easier and safer for people to walk and bike places, started an urban pilot project of the Safe Routes to Schools program (SR2S) in 2006 in Oakland, modeled after the hugely successful Marin County Safe Routes to Schools program.
Program Expands to Schools Across Alameda County
Partnering with Cycles of Change and the Alameda County Public Health Department, in 2007 TransForm applied for a grant from Measure B, the half-cent transportation sales tax administered by the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (now the Alameda County Transportation Commission, or ACTC).
With funding secured for two years, TransForm led the expansion of the program to 50 schools in Berkeley, Oakland, and the unincorporated areas of Alameda County. TransForm successfully applied to expand the program throughout all of Alameda County, and received funding to bring the program to 75 schools by the end of 2011.
This effort has grown into the Safe Routes to Schools Alameda County Partnership. Today, TransForm continues to lead the school-based programming for one of the largest and most successful Safe Routes to Schools programs in the country, now serving close to tens of thousands of students at 100 public schools. To learn about the Program, go to the official website at http://www.alamedacountysr2s.org/.
The Safe Routes to Schools Program is funded in part with a major grant from Measure B (Alameda County's half-cent transportation sales tax) administered by ACTC.
Training and Mentoring: Starting a Safe Routes to Schools program or want to make your program even more successful?
We offer tailor-made trainings and consulting services with experts who have successfully worked in all kinds of elementary and middle schools. We also provide ready to use materials, templates, and curriculum. Trainings and consulting are offered on a fee-for-service basis.
TransForm's Safe Routes to Schools Director Nora Cody has trained and mentored many nearby Safe Routes to Schools efforts, including in San Francisco, Contra Costa County, Humboldt County, Sonoma County, and San Mateo counties. You can learn more about Nora Cody's trainings and consulting.
Presentations: Our leadership in building sustainable, grassroots initiatives have led to invitations to present at the national Safe Routes to Schools conferences and other venues on such topics as creating and sustaining a walking school bus program, listening to parents and students through focus groups, and more.
Please contact Nora Cody if you're interested in having TransForm speak about Safe Routes to Schools at an event.
Safe Routes Infrastructure Grants:
TransForm staff working for the Safe Routes to Schools program have also assisted public works departments for cities and Alameda County in obtaining infrastructure grants to improve safety around our schools. Through our community planning walk audits and conceptual plans, we have helped Alameda County bring in close to $5 million in federal and state infrastructure funds.
TransForm also leads regional advocacy efforts to secure funding through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area's transportation funding organization, for Safe Routes to Schools programming in all nine Bay Area counties. This funding began in 2011 and MTC has recently made a commitment to renew it through 2016.