Safe Routes to School Project

WHAT IS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL?

Safe Routes to School is a nation-wide program that aims to create safer conditions around schools, and to encourage students, parents, and school staff to walk or bike to school. The program focuses on six main strategies: Education, Encouragement, Evaluation, Empowerment, Engineering, and Equity.

The City of Oceanside, in partnership with Oceanside Unified School District and Vista Unified School District, is kicking off its own Oceanside Safe Routes to School (OSRTS) Plan. Be a part of the upcoming efforts to let kids live a healthy and active life!

HOW WILL YOUR SCHOOL BENEFIT?

The goal of the OSRTS program is to identify issues, and equip parents, the City, and school staff by providing various tools to address them. More specifically you will receive the following:

  • Suggested Routes to School Map: Based on your input, and what surrounds your school, OUSD/VUSD will provide Suggested Routes to School maps. These maps can help inform you on the safest routes for walking/biking to school.
  • School Site Assessment Report: Based on the walk audit and analysis by our field safety teams, the City of Oceanside will identify a set of school specific recommendations to improve safety, walkability, and bikability to and from school.
  • Safer Streets: The City of Oceanside and the school districts are committed to working together to improve safety around our schools.

HOW CAN YOU PARTICIPATE?

Everyone has a role to play. There will be several activities organized during the 2018/2019, 2019/2020, and 2020/2021 school years, including:

  • Walk Audits: You know your school best – Come walk around your school with us, so we can understand barriers and challenges to walking and biking. School staff, parents/caregivers, and others who cannot make the walk can also fill out a survey online to help us identify challenges and opportunities.
  • Parent Surveys: Do you walk/bike to school? Whether you do or not, we want to hear about your concerns and about improvements that would make you more comfortable walking and biking on the way to and from school. Please be sure to fill out the paper or mobile survey and return it to us:
  • Community Events: Come say hello to our team at community events and share your knowledge and experience regarding safety and mobility around your school.
  • Become a SRTS Champion: Safe Routes to School will provide a better school environment and increase quality of life for everyone. We need local champions to talk about the project and play an active role to make recommendations a reality.

SPRING UPDATE - JUNE 2019

As of June 2019, Oceanside Safe Routes to School program has completed School Site Assessments and Walk Audits at 11 Elementary, Middle , and High Schools in the City of Oceanside. 72 Stakeholders, including parents and school administrators, from these 11 schools participated in morning walk audits. With the help of teachers, we have collected commuting behavior data on students in 216 classrooms and counting. 404 Parents responded to our online parent survey.

School Site Assessments and Walk Audits were conducted at the following schools:

  • Lake Elementary School 
  • Ivey Ranch Elementary School
  • Mission Elementary School
  • South Oceanside Elementary School
  • McAuliffe Elementary School
  • Del Rio Elementary School
  • Madison Middle School
  • Roosevelt Middle School
  • King Middle School
  • El Camino High School
  • Mission Vista High School    


Mission Elementary School

Ivey Ranch Elementary School

Thank you to the Principals, Administrators, and Parents who joined us this past spring. Stay tuned for more updates in the 2019-2020 academic school year.

The Oceanside Safe Route to Schools outreach will continue through the summer at local Oceanside events. Check back for more information on upcoming summer events.

For more information, please contact:

Howard LaGrange, City of Oceanside, HLaGrange@oceansideca.org
Kristin Haukom, OSRTS Team Leader, kristinhaukom@altaplanning.com