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


  • Santa Clara County Department of Public Health


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


  • Document safety risks near schools, including speeding or unsafe drivers, lack of crosswalks and children riding bicycles without helmets
  • Encourage increased rates of walking/biking to school


  • 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
  • Significantly increased the percentage of elementary school children walking or biking to school

Check out this article by SCOPE to learn more about the project!

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