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PTA Safe Routes to School

Why Safe Routes to School?

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs promote walking and bicycling to school in a safe and healthy environment.  Here are the top 5 reasons to support a Safe Routes to School Program in our school. 

  • Eases traffic congestion near schools, making schools safer.
  • Improves air quality near schools.
  • Physically active children perform better in school.
  • Physical activity like walking and bicycling, along with better food choices, fight the growing obesity epidemic among U.S. children, and improves overall health.
  • Builds a strong sense of neighborhood and community

 

For more information about Safe Routes to School, contact Braly’s coordinator Uma Mathi, mat_uma@yahoo.com, or visit the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website at www.sccphd.org/traffic

 

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Alice Kawaguchi, Health Education Specialist, with Traffic Safe Communities Network in the Santa Clara County Public Health Department at (408) 793-2733 or Alice.Kawaguchi@phd.sccgov.org

Operation Safe Passage

Three times a year, law enforcement agencies across Santa Clara County work together for “Operation Safe Passage” (OSP), targeted enforcement in school zones. These enforcement weeks usually take place after school begins in the Fall, after Christmas break and after Spring break. In an attempt to keep children safer, law enforcement officers step up enforcement and cite violators in school zones during each of these one week periods.  Typical violations include speeding, failing to stop at a stop sign, passing a school bus with flashing lights, failure to use child seat restraints, failure to use seat belts, failure to yield to a pedestrian, jaywalking, and failure to wear a required bicycle helmet. Operation Safe Passage occurs three times a year, but safety violations occur all of the time. Please keep our children safe.  Obey all traffic safety rules and encourage your children to do the same. For more information about OSP, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Quick tips for bicyclists

  1. When riding on the road, always ride on the right hand side (same direction as traffic). 
  2. Obey the same traffic laws as drivers of cars, including all the traffic signs and signals.
  3. Ride predictably—ride in a straight line, don’t weave in and out of traffic. 
  4. If riding on a sidewalk—show respect for the people walking on the sidewalks. Ring your bell to let them know you are coming and always pass them on the left. 
  5. Look for debris on your route that could cause you to fall off your bicycle, like trash, rocks, etc.