Safe Routes To School Plan

What is a Safe Routes To School Plan?

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national movement that seeks to make it safer and easier for children to walk or bicycle to school by improving the walking and bicycling environment through fun education and encouragement programs.


The Stockton SRTS Plan will document the existing state of walking and bicycling near our schools and recommend projects and programs for a healthier, safer, more sustainable and environmentally sound community with improved air quality and less traffic congestion by reducing the number of school-related vehicle trips. The City’s vision is to create a comprehensive plan as an umbrella moving forward, guided by the 6 E’s of Safe Routes to School:  


  • Education
  • Encouragement
  • Enforcement
  • Engineering
  • Evaluation
  • Equity

The City’s SRTS Plan will include schools in four school districts: Stockton Unified School District, Lodi Unified School District, Lincoln Unified School District, and Manteca Unified School District.


We rely on community input to develop recommendations for schools in Stockton, so be sure to check back for project updates and information on workshops, events, and more!


Get Involved

The City of Stockton is developing its first Safe Routes to School Plan, and we need your help!


Throughout the planning process, we’ll review infrastructure around schools, hold a public workshop, and provide other opportunities for community input. Some opportunities include students participation in a mapping activity to describe walking and biking environment around school and in the National Center for Safe Routes to School’s student travel tallies and parent surveys. Tallies and surveys are an important measure of how many students are currently walking and biking, and parental/guardian attitudes about active trips to school.


We have also assembled a Safe Routes to School Committee with representatives from key organizations throughout the Stockton area to guide the development of the SRTS Plan.


Ways to get involved now!

  1. Respect the School Zone. When driving to or around schools, go no faster than the speed limit and look out for children crossing the street or on their bike. Support efforts to reduce speed limits on key routes to school.
  2. Walk, Bike, or Carpool to School More Often. Do your part to reduce congestion and air pollution, increase safety, and encourage healthy travel with your family.
  3. Spread the Word! Tell your school administrators, PTA chairpersons, City staff, and neighbors/friends that you support Safe Routes to School, including specific recommendations in this plan. Share the materials and the website link with others.
  4. Be a Safe Routes “Champion.” Volunteer for special events like International Walk to School Day in October and Bike to School Day in May. Use these resource links to help establish ongoing programs, such as a walking school bus or a carpool sign-up in your neighborhood.


Community Outreach

The project team has conducted infrastructure field reviews around the 64 participating Stockton-area schools to develop a list of project recommendations to make students and families feel safer walking or riding a bicycle to school. The project list is under development and will be presented to the public at an upcoming workshop.  


  • For upcoming events or to learn more about SSRTS, please see External Links at bottom of page.
  • For updates or new information about the Stockton program, sign up for our email distribution list by checking the box next to Safe Routes To School.


Join Us!

Find our booth at Family Day at the Park to learn how Stockton is making it safer for families to walk and ride a bicycle to school!

The SRTS Plan Development Team will attend Family Day at the Park on September 16, 2017, at University Park (Magnolia and California Streets) to gather feedback on the draft SRTS Plan. Join us to tell us what you think about our Plan and play active transportation-related games!



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of this Plan?

The SRTS Plan will outline existing Safe Routes to School efforts for Stockton-area schools and provide a set of engineering and programmatic recommendations for each school to help make walking or riding a bicycle to school feel safer and more enjoyable for students and their families.


What are complete streets?

A complete street is planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe mobility for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit vehicles, truckers, and motorists, appropriate to the street’s function and context. For more information, see the California Department of Transportation’s (Caltrans) link below and the City’s Street Design Guidelines.


What types of engineering recommendations will we see?

This Plan will include recommendations both on school campuses (to be completed by School District) and on the surrounding streets (to be completed by the City). Examples include installing new sidewalks, moving existing crosswalks, adding bicycle lanes, restriping parking lots/drop-off areas, and adding bicycle parking.


What types of program recommendations will we see?

Program recommendations involve education and encouragement elements. These include bicycle rodeos to teach students safe bicycling behavior, developing Suggested Walking and Biking Routes to School Maps that provide route information for a more comfortable walk or ride to school, and active transportation challenges that create competitions between classrooms and schools to see who has the most walk or ride to school on a given day.


Please Contact Us.


External Links

Earth Day

Caltrans Complete Streets Program

International Walk to School Day


State and National SRTS Resources
California Department of Transportation SRTS

California SRTS Technical Assistance Resource Center

National Center for Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School - California

Safe Routes to School - National Partnership

Stockton Family Day at the Park

This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 8/21/2017