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SRTS Toolkit

A list of all resources referenced in this toolkit.

Examples and Case Stories

Alameda County Active Transportation Campaign Resolution (PDF)
Creates a goal of doubling federal funding for trails, walking and bicycling in the next federal transportation reauthorization bill in Alameda County.

Alameda County Transportation Authority
By reauthorizing Measure B in 2000, Alameda County voters demonstrated their support for two time-honored modes of travel, walking and bicycling. During its 20-year life, Measure B will deliver over $80 million in bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

California Department of Transportation Environmental Justice Grant Program Fact Sheets
Project descriptions prepared by the California Department of Transportation of competed projects under the Environmental Justice Grant Program.

California Department of Transportation Community Based Transportation Planning Grant Program Fact Sheet
Project descriptions prepared by the California Department of Transportation of competed projects under the Community Based Transportaiton Planning Grant Program.

Chula Vista Elementary School District’s Wellness Policy (PDF)
The school district adopted this wellness policy in order to support healthy eating and physical activity and promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn.

City of Baldwin Park Complete Streets Plan (PDF)
Establishes principles and practices so transportation improvements are planned to encourage walking, bicycling and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users.

City of Goleta Resolution (PDF)
First city resolution in California which reduces the speed limit around certain school zones to the minimum 15 miles per hour allowed by the state.

City of Los Angeles 2010 Bicycle Plan
Updates the City of Los Angeles’ Bicycle Plan and sets forth the guidelines for accommodating bicycle travel in Los Angeles through policy changes, transportation design, and infrastructure improvements.

City of Sacramento Pedestrian Friendly Street Standards (PDF)
Resolution adopted to make streets more walkable.

Humbolt County Association Of Governments – Regional Safe Routes to Schools Prioritization Tool(PDF)
The Humboldt County Association of Governments (HCAOG) developed this Regional SR2S Prioritization Tool  in 2012 to help streamline decision­-making around SR2S projects and increase the capacity for effective SR2S programs and grant applications.

Kern County Planning Addendum: General Plan Amendment Case No. 121 (PDF)
Kern County’s plan that links existing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure with 15 miles along the Kern River.

Los Angeles Transportation Demand Management (TMD) Ordinance
Mandates businesses of a certain size to implement specific measures to increase employee exposure to alternative forms of transportation.

Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s 2001 Regional Bicycle Plan
Identifies a 1600 mile bikeway network that emphasizes regional connectivity for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

Oakland Pedestrian Plan
Establishes a Pedestrian Route Network to connect schools, libraries, parks, neighborhoods, and commercial districts and help to ensure that Oakland is a safe, convenient and attractive place to walk.

Safe Routes to School Success Story: Delano (PDF)
A case story prepared by the California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center, a program of 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 statewide non-infrastructure SRTS award from the California Department of Transportation.

Safe Routes to School Success Story: Eureka (PDF)
A case story prepared by the California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center, a program of 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 statewide non-infrastructure SRTS award from the California Department of Transportation.

Safe Routes to School Success Story: Grant Elementary, Eureka (PDF)
A case story prepared by the California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center, a program of 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 statewide non-infrastructure SRTS award from the California Department of Transportation.

Safe Routes to School Success Story: Sebastapol (PDF)
A case story prepared by the California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center, a program of 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 statewide non-infrastructure SRTS award from the California Department of Transportation.

Santa Ana Joint Use Agreement and Covenant
Santa Ana Unified School District and the City of Santa Ana entered into a Joint Use of Property agreement to make high school facilities available for community and city purposes after school hours.

Salinas Pedestrian Plan (PDF)
Describes Salinas’ long range plans for pedestrian infrastructure and related programs.

San Francisco Public Education Fund
Creates a public education fund, one-third of which is to be spent on arts, music, sports and library programs.

San Mateo County Comprehensive Bicycle Route Plan (PDF)
The San Mateo City/County Association of Governments prepared a Comprehensive Bike Plan which outlined a process to plan, design, implement, and maintain bicycle infrastructure in San Mateo County.

The SchoolPool program in San Diego County helps parents find carpool, bicycling and walking partners for trips to and from school by using a convenient online ride matching system.

Ventura General Plan: Achieving the Vision. Chapter 4: Our Accessible Future(PDF)
The City of Ventura’s general plan has a chapter dedicated to improving bicycle, pedestrian, and transit opportunities in Ventura city and surrounding region.

Tips, Tools and Information Centers

35 Ways to Safer Neighborhood Streets
A neighborhood enhancement and traffic calming primer with special illustrations by the children at McCarver Elementary School. This primer offers simple explanations of traffic calming strategies and is also a great example of collaboration between a school and planning staff.

Becoming the Advocate! School Changing Transportation: A Guide for Local Leaders (PDF)
This guide was developed to empower school boards, school councils, parent groups and other organizations to make changes that will increase the number of walking, cycling and public transit commutes by students and school employees.

Building Healthy Communities: A School Leader’s Guide to Collaboration and Community Engagement (PDF)
CSBA has developed resources to help school board members work to create healthy learning environments.

California Safe Routes to School: Technical Assistance Resource Center
Resources and tools to support Safe Routes to Schools programs.

Change Lab Solutions: Law and Policy Innovation for the Common Good
ChangeLab Solutions works with neighborhoods, cities, and states to transform communities with laws and policies that create lasting change.

Families and Transit-Oriented Development: Creating Complete Communities for All (PDF)
A guidebook developed by the Center for Transit-Oriented Development.

Federal Highway Administration Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Resources
The Federal Highway Administration provides an array of programs that promote pedestrian and bicycle safety to grade-level curriculums.

Green Schools: An Overview of Key Policy Issues (PDF)
Green schools operations policy by CSBA
By working together and forging joint solutions, physical activity, parks and recreation, transportation, business, and education advocates can transform neighborhoods and improve physical activity environments for children and adults.

Model School Wellness Policies
The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity encourages schools, school districts, and others to use, distribute, and adapt the Model School Wellness Policies.

Safe Routes to School California
Advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s students and their families and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.

Safe Routes to School Local Policy Guide (PDF)
This resource helps local communities and schools create, enact and implement policies which will support active and healthy community environments that encourage safe walking and bicycling and physical activity by children.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership Resources
Creating safer streets, improving communities and promoting physical activity for children and their families.

Safety-based prioritization of schools for Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects: A process for transportation professionals (PDF)
This document explains a process to help transportation professionals identify schools within a city, school district or other local jurisdiction that merit additional review for specific pedestrian infrastructure improvements based on safety considerations.

SB 375 Resource Center
This website provides a variety of information resources about Senate Bill 375 and how it relates to local and regional planning for transportation, land use, housing and the environment.

School Staff Wellness (PDF)
An example of a staff wellness plan.

Starting a Walking School Bus
This resource provides basic information and resources about walking school bus.

The Technology Transfer Program
A technical assistance program, and a division of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.  This program provides technical assistance to communities within California, including free Traffic Safety Evaluations and Pedestrian Safety Assessments.

Traffic Safety Training: Walking and Bicycling Programs: Youth Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Curriculum
Resources and curriculum for bicycle and pedestrian safety training.

Research and Reports

Active Living Research
A national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation whose primary goal is to support and share research on environmental and policy strategies that can promote daily physical activity for children and families across the United States.

Community Wellness: Comprehensive City-School Strategies to Combat Childhood Obesity
This report from the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families and the American Association of School Administrators (2010) features the experiences of six communities where city and school district leaders partnered in the development of community-wide wellness plans.

Barriers to children walking to school
This report examines data from the 2004 Consumer Styles Survey and a follow-up recontact survey to describe what parents report as barriers to their children aged 5–18 years walking to or from school.

Facts: Road Safety – Speed (PDF)
Speed control is one of the most important strategies to avoid and reduce severity of collision injury.

The Learning Connection: the Value of Improving nutrition and Physical Activity in Our Schools (PDF)
This paper brings attention to the costs that poor nutrition and physical inactivity impose on our schools.There is mounting evidence that, by taking action to improve these areas, schools can meet performance goals and alleviate financial constraints.

Leveraging a New Law: Reducing greenhouse gas emission under Senate Bill 375 (PDF)
A study written by Eliot Rose, MCP at the Center for Resource Efficient Communities, University of California, Berkeley.

Parental Attitudes Toward Children Walking and Bicycling to School
A study aimed to identify the influences on parental attitudes toward children walking and bicycling to school as part of a larger nationwide effort to make children more physically active and combat rising trends of childhood obesity in the United States.

A Patchwork of Progress: changes in Overweight and Obesity Among California 5th, 7th and 9th Graders, 2005 - 2010
Overweight and obesity are a major concern in California, with more than half of California counties experiencing increases in rates of overweight and obesity among youth between 2005 and 2010. Public policy options that promote healthy eating and physical activity will continue to be critical to reducing overweight and obesity among California’s youth.

Transportation Funding in California, 2011 (PDF)
This report from the Economic Analysis Branch, Division of Transportation Planning, Caltrans, explains the sources and distribution of transportation funds in California through charts and visual aids. The dollar amounts are provided to show the relative magnitudes of different programs, but are not necessarily official figures and are subject to change.

Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting
The first study to empirically examine the relationship between school locations, the built environment around schools, how kids get to school, and the impact on air emissions of those travel choices.

Walking the Walk
Though housing values are still slow to rebound from the collapse of the real estate market, a new analysis from CEOs for Cities reveals that homes in more walkable neighborhoods are worth more than similar homes in less-walkable neighborhoods, pointing to a bright spot in the residential real estate market.

Walk This Way: The Economic Promise of Walkable Places in Metropolitan Washington D.C. (PDF)
An economic analysis of a sample of neighborhoods in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area using walkability measures finds that more walkable places perform better economically.


Coalitions and Organizations

Cities Counties Schools Partnership
The Cities Counties Schools Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to improving the conditions of children, families and communities at the local level by promoting and encouraging coordination, integration and increased efficiency of local services and joint facilities use among cities, counties and schools in all California communities.

HumPal: Humboldt Partnership for Active Living
A coalition of individuals and organizations with a common interest in improving Humboldt County residents’ opportunities to integrate and increase physical activity into their daily lives.

National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity
This organization advocates federal policies and programs to promote healthy eating and physical activity to help reduce the illnesses, disabilities, premature deaths, and costs caused by diet and inactivity-related diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

Self Help Counties Coalition
The Self Help Counties Coalition (SHCC) is the organization of 19 local county transportation agencies delivering super majority voter-approved transportation sales tax measures throughout California.

WALK Sacramento
WALKSacramento is a nonprofit community organization working to create walkable communities with communities of walkers throughout the Sacramento metropolitan region.

WALK San Diego
WalkSanDiego is working to reclaim our streets and blocks through improved streetscape designs, accessible walking paths, and traffic calming measures.


Agencies, Codes and Policies

California Air Resources Board
The California Air Resources Board is a part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, an organization which reports directly to the Governor’s Office. Its mission is “To promote and protect public health, welfare and ecological resources through the effective and efficient reduction of air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state.”

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)
The Department of Housing and Community Development provides policies, programs and funding to preserve and expand safe and affordable housing opportunities and promote strong communities for all Californians.

California Department of Public Health
The California Department of Public Health is dedicated to optimizing the health and well-being of the people in California.  The agency offers a wide range of health information and resources, including bicycle and pedestrian safety information and the California Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Resource Center (TARC).

California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
The state agency that is responsible for California’s highway system and also administers approximately $2 billion in transportation funding for local roadways through the Division of Local Assistance.

California Streets and Highways Code – Section 890-894.2 :: Article 3. California Bicycle Transportation Act
California state law to establish bicycle transportation systems.

California Street and Highway Code – Section 2333.5 :: Chapter 6.5. Federal Aid For Highway Safety Improvements
State law to establish state funding for Safe Routes to School Program.

California Transportation Commission (CTC)
A state-level commission, consisting of nine members appointed by the governor, that establishes priorities and allocates funds for highway, passenger rail, and transit investments throughout California. The California Transportation Commission adopts the State Transportation Improvement Program and implements state transportation policy.

CSBA Sample Administrative Regulation, Safe Routes to School Program (PDF)
Optional administrative regulation that can be revised to reflect district practice. The strategies listed are organized around the “five E’s” (education, encouragement, enforcement, engineering, and evaluation) recommended for inclusions in all local programs by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration and the National Center for Safe Routes to School’s online resource guide, the Safe Routes to School Guide.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
U.S. Department of Transportation agency responsible for administering the federal highway aid program to individual states, and helping to plan, develop and coordinate construction of federally funded highway projects. The Federal Highway Administration also governs the safety of hazardous cargo on the nation’s highways.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
U.S. Department of Transportation agency that provides financial and planning assistance to help plan, build, and operate rail, bus and paratransit systems. The agency also assists in the development of local and regional traffic reduction programs.

Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
The Office of Planning and Research, created by California statute in 1970, is part of the Office of the Governor. the Office of Planning and Research serves the Governor and Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency.

Strategic Growth Council (SGC)
In September 2008, SB 732 created the Strategic Growth Council. The Council is a cabinet level committee that is tasked with coordinating the activities of member state agencies in eight areas including: promoting public health, improving transportation, encouraging greater infill and compact development, revitalizing community and urban centers, and assisting state and local entities in planning sustainable communities.

United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT)
United States Department of Transportation is the federal cabinet-level agency with responsibility for highways, mass transit, aviation, and ports; it is headed by the Secretary of Transportation. The Department of Transportation includes the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration, among others. There also are state Departments of Transportation (known in California as Caltrans).


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