Local governments have developed an array of tools to help plan,
prioritize, implement, monitor and finance programs and
facilities that support active transportation. These tools
are valuable resources for local leaders interested in creating
safe routes to schools.
Plans are guiding documents cities, counties, schools and regional agencies use to guide future actions through goals, policies, strategies and maps. Scroll down for a brief description of each and then proceed to each topic’s individual page.
The tools below are specific ways of implementing the priorities and goals of the plans described in the City, County, School and Regional Plans section. Some are on-the-ground ideas like speed limits, and others are regulatory documents like transportation demand management ordinances. Scroll down for a brief description and then proceeding to each topic’s individual page.
The Safe Routes to School Decision Maker Toolkit was
developed by the Cities, Counties and Schools Partnership and the
Institute for Local Government for the California Safe Routes to
School (SRTS) Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC).
The SRTS TARC is a program within California Active Communities,
a joint Unit of the University of California, San Francisco and
the California Department of Public Health, and is funded through
a SRTS Non-Infrastructure award from the California Department of
Although the Institute endeavors to help local officials
understand technical and legal concepts that apply to their
public service, these materials are not technical or legal
advice. Officials are encouraged to consult technical
experts, attorneys and/or relevant regulatory authorities for
up-to-date information and advice on specific situations.