MOBILITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Safe Routes to School

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

Walk Safety Week - October 12 - 16

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

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


Events Calendar: 

October 12 - 16; Walk Safety Week 


 

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.

 
SRTS Spotlight

Content coming soon.

Bike to School Day

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.

Public Transit & School Buses
  1. 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.
  2. Students will seat the bus back to front during loaded, and exit front to back when they are unloading.
  3. Students will get on or off the bus only at their assigned stop.
  4. 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.
  5. Students must wear masks at all times, unless an underlying medical condition would prevent them from safely doing so.
  6. Students will need to still bus adhere to the student code of conduct as it related to buses.
Partners

Content coming soon.

Crossing Guard Appreciation Month

School crossing guards helps 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.

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