Safe Routes to School
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
Safe Routes to School Pgh recognizes Outstanding Crossing Guards
What is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day?
Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is part of the City of Pittsburgh Department of Mobility & Infrastructure Safe Routes to School program. This event is devoted to recognizing the hard work crossing guards in the City of Pittsburgh do to help students cross the street safely on their way to and from school.
When is Crossing Guard Appreciation Day?
This school year might look a little different, but many crossing guards have still been active at their post, and that’s all the more reason to celebrate Crossing Guard Appreciation Day on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Crossing guards help students cross the street safely throughout the year in all weather conditions. Thank your crossing guard for their outstanding service with a thank you card, or say a socially-distanced “Thank You!” in person if your crossing guard is working. The Safe Routes to School Pgh program would like to showcase several crossing guards for their outstanding years of service.
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: School Crossing Guard | Job Details
Outstanding Crossing Guards of 2020-2021 School Year
The Safe Routes to School program provides skill-building and safety education for students, creates encouragement activities that get children moving together, and builds enthusiasm and support among families, teachers, school administrators, and local government officials.
Congratulations to our Safe Routes to School "Champion Schools" for the 2020-2021 academic school year:
Pittsburgh Faison K-5
Pittsburgh King K-8
Pittsburgh Arlington K-8
Propel Charter School – Hazelwood
Avoid walking in the streets. Use sidewalks or walking paths wherever possible.
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.
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.
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.
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Biking is fun, relaxing, environmentally friendly way to get to and from school.
Annual Bike to School Day (May)
Bike to School Day is held in early May.
- Students are directed to sit one student per seat, near the window. Students must stay seated and silent during the bus ride. Students will face forward for the duration of the trip and keep their feet on the floor in front of them and out of the bus aisle.
- Students will seat the bus back to front during loaded, and exit front to back when they are unloading.
- Students will get on or off the bus only at their assigned stop.
- Students will not refuse to sit in an assigned seat or deny another person a place to sit. These seats are assigned for social distancing and assigned by loading order. Students will need to seat rear to front.
- Students must wear masks at all times, unless an underlying medical condition would prevent them from safely doing so.
- Students will need to still bus adhere to the student code of conduct as it related to buses.
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School crossing guards help students cross busy intersections around the city. The City of Pittsburgh has over 70 crossing guards who put themselves in harms way every day to keep children, drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists safe at intersections. The men and women who are at their post early in the morning and return in the afternoon, are dedicated public servants in the city.
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