MOBILITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Safe Routes to School

Photos of three different crossing guards escorting children through cross-walks.

Welcome to the City of Pittsburgh Safe Routes to School (SRTS) page.

The mission of Safe Routes to School is to increase the number of students biking and walking to school through education, encouragement, and safety improvements. Creating healthy communities by providing safer walking, bicycling and riding routes while educating and encouraging students. The goal of the Safe Routes to School program is to:

  • Engage with community members and working with existing community organizations how Safe Routes to School initiatives should begin 
  • Educate school aged children in safe walking and biking practices
  • Encourage children to use an active mode of transportation
  • Provide engineering improvements around the schools such as crosswalks, signage and sidewalks
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the program activities and engineering improvements


Walk 'n Roll - Wednesday Oct 12

DOMI - Department Mascot says its as easy as 1, 2, 3 to register!

  1. Register on the SRTS webpage > Online Registration Form
  2. Print out tally sheet on SRTS webpage to mark how students arrived at school on event day.
  3. Print the SRTS certificate and share with students who participated in Walk & Roll to School Day.

Registered schools have the chance to win the coveted SRTS Golden Sneaker Award!
For more information contact SRTS Program Coordinator
harriet.jackson@pittsburghpa.gov



SRTS Summer Engagement

Click here to see the dates & locations for the Summer Safety Check-Ins

Moore Park, Brookline

Summer Safety Check-In at Jefferson Recreation Center on the Northside. Thank you to Ms. Pam and staff for having us.
Each student at Jefferson Recreation Center received a backpack from SafeKids Allegheny, SRTS and PennDOT.

Partners with Bookbags - Adults organizing the new bags
Jefferson kids sitting at tables.
Campers acting out pedestrian safety
Camper with Pam the rec Director


2022 SRTS Walk & Roll to School Day

Golden Sneaker Award Winner: Pittsburgh Brookline School

The Safe Routes to School program awarded Pittsburgh Brookline PreK-8 school with the Golden Sneaker Award for having the most students participate in the SRTS Walk & Roll to School Day event held in May. The Golden Sneaker Award was presented to Assistant Principal May and student walkers during their FUN Day event last week. On hand to present the award was Harriet Jackson (SRTS Program Coordinator), Donna McManus and Jeanie Cusick (Crossing Guards), Blake Plavchak (Chief of Staff for Councilman Coghill) and Megan Patton (PPS Transportation Director).

Adults and Student of Brookline School
Adults and Students riding bikes from Montessori School

 

Pittsburgh Montessori PreK-5 School was recognized because it had the most students to bike to school on May 4th for Walk & Roll to School Day.

Adults and Student of Brookline School


DOMI - Mascotsaying its as easy as 1-2-3..

  1. Register on the SRTS webpage > Online Registration Form
  2. Print out tally sheet on SRTS webpage to mark how students arrived at school on event day.
  3. Print the SRTS certificate and share with students who participated in Walk & Roll to School Day.

Registered schools have the chance to win the coveted SRTS Golden Sneaker Award!
For more information contact SRTS Program Coordinator
: harriet.jackson@pittsburghpa.gov



Safe Routes to School Safety Week

How did you participate in SRTS Safety Week? Did you participate on-line or did the SRTS Team visit your school with a safety activity? Thank you to our partners BikePGH and PennDOT for sharing their safety knowledge with students at Pittsburgh Arsenal, Pittsburgh Faison and Pittsburgh King. If you would like the SRTS Safety Team to visit your school, please email us below

March 14th -18th was Safe Routes to School Safety Week in the City of Pittsburgh. SRTS Program Coordinator, Harriet Jackson visited several City of Pittsburgh schools with partners BikePGH and PennDOT to engage students at Pittsburgh King on the North Side, Pittsburgh Arsenal in Lawrenceville and Pittsburgh Faison in Homewood. They shared safety tips on the importance of staying safe while walking, bicycling and riding a school bus. For more information on Safe Routes to School visit the webpage at Safe Routes to School | pittsburghpa.gov

 

Picture #1: Students at Pittsburgh King raise their hands to answer safety tip question for a chance to spin the SRTS Safety Wheel.

Picture #2: Students at Pittsburgh Arsenal were taught how to check their bikes using the ABCs of basic pre-ride bike check. Ted of BikePGH is teaching a student how to fix a flat.

Picture #3: Students at Pittsburgh Faison are showing how to use their bicycle signal when making a left turn.

 

Picture #4: Mr. Ted at BikePGH teaches students at Pittsburgh Arsenal how to properly fit a bike helmet.

Picture #5: Students at Pittsburgh Arsenal are learning how to identify bike routes on their map by Mr. Ted at BikePGH.

Picture #6: A student at Pittsburgh King answered the safety question correctly and was able to spin the SRTS Safety Wheel for a prize.

 

Picture #7: Ms. Yasmeen from PennDOT teaches students the importance of bike safety at Pittsburgh Faison.

Picture #8: The SRTS Safety Wheel and some great giveaways!!!

Picture #9: Students at Pittsburgh Faison learn the importance of staying safe while walking to and from school from Ms. Yasmeen at PennDOT.



Walk to School Day 2021

SRTS Golden Sneaker Award Winner for Walk to School Day 2021
"Pittsburgh Dilworth Traditional Academy"

SRTS Golden Sneaker Award

Principal and students Caption: Principal Zyhier with her Dilworth scholars accepting the SRTS Golden Sneaker Award

Principal Zyhier with her Dilworth scholars accepting the SRTS Golden Sneaker Award.

Donna McManus, Crossing Guard Supervisor; Harriet Jackson, SRTS Program Coordinator: Dr. Wayne Walters, PPS Interim Superintendent; Ms. Rita, Dilworth's crossing guard and Assistant Police Chief Anna Kudrav, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

Donna McManus, Crossing Guard Supervisor; Harriet Jackson, SRTS Program Coordinator: Dr. Wayne Walters, PPS Interim Superintendent; Ms. Rita, Dilworth's crossing guard and Assistant Police Chief Anna Kudrav, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.


Thank you to all the schools and partners that participated.
Safe Routes to School PGH wants to see your Walk to School Day pictures!!!
Send them to saferoutestoschool@pittsburghpa.gov


 

Illustrated kids crossing street using cross-walk.


DOMI Mascot Character - post sign character

Winter Walking Safety Tips:
Winter can make walking to your destination a challenge. If the sidewalks and walkways are impassable and you have to walk on the street, walk facing oncoming traffic and as close to the curb/side of the road as possible.

Proper winter clothes - Hat, scarf, coat, gloves and boots.

Proper gear is a must, but wearing dark winter colors may make it difficult for motorists to see you.

  • Wear a brightly colored scarf or hat.
  • Wear reflective gear if you are walking early dawn or dusk when motorists have a more difficult time seeing pedestrians.
  • Wear gloves and boots with non-slip soles.
  • Know that snow that has accumulated into drifts can muffle the sounds of approaching motor vehicles.
  • Hats and scarves that cover your ears can muffle or even block sound, stay cautious.

Keep warm, but dress so that you can hear what is going on around you in addition to being able to move your head freely to see well on your way to school. Stay safe on your way to and from school this winter!


Safety Tips:

 

Avoid walking in the streets. Use sidewalks or walking paths wherever possible.

Avoid walking in the streets. Use sidewalks or walking paths wherever possible.

The safest place to cross streets is at cross-walks and corners.

The safest place to cross streets is at cross-walks and corners.

Look both ways and stay alert. Check for moving cars at driveways and intersections.

Look both ways and stay alert. Check for moving cars at driveways and intersections.

Wear a properly fitted helmet for safety. For children under 18, it’s the law.

Wear a properly fitted helmet for safety. For children under 18, it’s the law.

Be visible when you ride. Wear bright clothing, use a white front light and red rear light.

Be visible when you ride. Wear bright clothing, use a white front light and red rear light.

Follow the rules of the road and use marked bike lanes when possible. Ride with an adult until you are ready to ride on your own.

Follow the rules of the road and use marked bike lanes when possible. Ride with an adult until you are ready to ride on your own.

 
Be a Crossing Guard

Apply to be a School Crossing Guard
Would you like to help escort children, persons with disabilities, elderly persons and other citizens across busy intersections? Consider applying to be a school crossing guard. Click on the link below for more information on how to apply.

Apply for Crossing Guard Flyer

Start a Walking School Bus at your school

New contest coming soon!

Partners

Could Your School Use A "FREE" Bike Rack?

Metal loop sidwalk bike rack

City of Pittsburgh Complete Street Bike Rack

How to request a bike rack:

  • Request can be put through SRTS Website/email address: SRTSpgh@pittsburghpa.gov
  • The request should include: 1. Written approval from the School administrator (Principal or facility administrator) 2. Identified location of rack placement (the surface needs to be concrete)
  • Each school can request up to 2 sidewalk U racks.
  • If school has installation capacity, city will just provide them the rack (Preferred). If not, city will assist in the installation but that will be evaluated case by case.
  • Based on inventory & funding availability, City can accept or reject the request.
  • City of Pittsburgh, DOMI contact person: Panini Chowdhury Panini.chowdhurry@pittsburghpa.gov

 

Contact Us Via the Online Form or by Email

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Harriet C. Jackson
City of Pittsburgh
Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Phone: 412-255-2463
Cell: 412-459-2586
harriet.jackson@pittsburghpa.gov

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