Resources, Publications, and Organizations
California Department of Health Services
The California Department of Health Services encourages communities to pursue Safe Routes To School projects because of the sustained cultural and environmental improvements that enable children to be more physically active and safe. The California Department of Health Services, through its Active Community Environments and Injury Prevention divisions, has made Safe Routes To School a priority. California Department of Health Services supports the state's participation in Walk To School Day, distributing informational materials including brochures, fact sheets, timelines, and ideas for a successful Walk To School Day event. The Department also has helped to raise statewide awareness of SR2S.
Contact: California Department of Health Services
Center for Health TrainingóSafe Routes To School Clearinghouse
The SR2S Clearinghouse offers support to local activists and public agency staff in their quest to develop safe routes to school in California communities. The Clearinghouse maintains a database of information related to Safe Routes To School efforts and communicates with local activists through e-mail updates and newsletters. The Clearinghouse offers technical assistance to activists and agency staff who need coaching on subjects related to Safe Routes To School such as traffic safety, healthy physical activity, curriculum, legislation, and policy. The Clearinghouse also facilitates focus groups and organizes conferences related to the subject.
The Center for Health Training is a California nonprofit organization with extensive of experience in supporting those who work in public health and community development.
Contact: Center for Health Training, SR2S Clearinghouse
League of American Bicyclists
The League of American Bicyclists (originally founded in 1880 as the League of American Wheelman) works with local communities to promote bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation through advocacy and education. The League of American Bicyclists is a membership organization with over 300,000 members, including individuals and organizations. The League's key programs include the Bicycle Friendly Communities Program that encourages and then rewards communities that provide better facilities for cyclists and the Bicycle Safety and Education Program, which provides materials and training courses for new cyclists. The League also advocates for cyclists on the national, state, and local levels.
National Center for Bicycling and Walking
The National Center for Bicycling and Walking is the major program of the Bicycle Federation of America, Inc., a national, nonprofit corporation established in 1977. The National Center for Bicycling and Walking works with local, state, and national bicycle, pedestrian, and transportation advocates to bring about changes in government policies, programs, and procedures to help create more bicycle friendly and walkable communities. Ongoing National Center for Bicycling and Walking activities include: policy development, public involvement, route selection, planning and design guidelines for bicycle and pedestrian facilities; training programs for public health and transportation agencies; and organizing and managing workshops and conferences, including the biennial Pro Bike / Pro Walk conference.
Contact: National Center for Bicycling and Walking
National SAFE KIDS Campaign
The National SAFE KIDS Campaign is a national nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries (motor vehicle crashes, fires, and other injuries), which is the number one cause of death of children under the age of 14. The Campaign's aim is to stimulate changes in attitudes, behavior, and the environment. Since its inception in 1988, the Campaign has focused on developing injury prevention strategiesóconducting public outreach and awareness campaigns, stimulating hands-on grassroots activity, and working to make injury prevention a public policy priority. The National SAFE KIDS Campaign and program sponsor FedEx Express developed SAFE KIDS Walk This Way in 2000 to bring national and local attention to pedestrian safety issues. The SAFE KIDS Walk This Way program involves Walk To School Day events, data collection, school pedestrian safety committees, and community pedestrian safety task forces. The Campaign relies on the support of more than 300 state and local SAFE KIDS coalitions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico to reach out to local communities.
Contact: National SAFE KIDS Campaign
Surface Transportation Policy Project
The Surface Transportation Policy Project is a national coalition of more than 200 organizations working to promote transportation policies that protect neighborhoods, provide better travel choices, and promote social equity. The goal of the Surface Transportation Policy Project is to ensure that transportation policy and investments help conserve energy, protect environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy, promote social equity, and enhance community life. The Surface Transportation Policy Project emphasizes the needs of people, rather than vehicles, in assuring access to jobs, services, and recreational opportunities. The Surface Transportation Policy Project has offices in Sacramento and San Francisco, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Washington, DC.
University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center was established in 2001 with the idea that communities where people can walk and bicycle are better places to live. Funded by the United States Department of Transportation, the Center was started by the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, in cooperation with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The Center's goal is to connect communities with the information and resources they need to create safe places for walking and bicycling. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center is a clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, and access and mobility. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center serves planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, police enforcement, and the health community. The Highway Safety Research Center has also documented and supported the annual International Walk To School Day events in the United States since 1998.