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 to School Day

Join the fun! What is Walk to School Day? Walk to School Day is an international holiday celebrated in October each year. A Walk to School Day event is a simple starting place for getting students started safely walking to school, and introducing schools, families, and community groups to Safe Routes to School. This event builds awareness around getting to school in people-powered ways that are good for our health, environment, and communities.

Important Walk to School Day materials:

 

Walk to School Day 2021

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.

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.

 

Visit the Haiku Page to see photos of participants and the Department of Mobility & Infrastructure Haiku Reveal Ceremony.

Haiku Winners!

  1. Mark Flaherty
  2. Jacob Patalive
  3. Kali Wentling
  4. Patricia Tsagaris
  5. Mary Weidner
  6. Angelo Ross
  7. Emily Persico
  8. Lori Kantor
  9. Evonne & Adrianne Henry
  10. Valarie Sullivan

 

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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