Safe Routes to School in Santa Clara County, CA (2015-2016)


Partners:

  • Santa Clara County Department of Public Health

Participants:

  • 30 school-aged children and 7 parents
  • 8 staff and school administrators

Goals:

  • Document safety risks near schools, including speeding or unsafe drivers, lack of crosswalks and children riding bicycles without helmets

Outcomes:

  • Developed a Community Task Force
  • Established "Walking Wednesdays," a "Walking School Bus" and a bike assembly at the school to promote safe riding
  • Presented at the City of Gilroy's Bicycle and Pedestrain Commission 
  • Collaborated with city engineers on the development of a 3-year action plan

Our Voice Impact

"This experience has changed my life.  I see inadequacies everywhere I go as it relates to pedestrian access and safety.  I even stop [at] construction sites to remind them to be considerate of the handicapped in our community.  Thank you all so much for this awareness and empowerment to require change."

~ Pam Jiner, GirlTrek Advocacy Leader, Denver CO