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School Transportation Resource Guide

Welcome to the school transportation resource guide! Please click on the categories below for more information.

Bike Blender: A fun activity for your next school event, the bike blender allows kids to make smoothies with pedal power! You can borrow one from YBike by sending requests to Jared Hawkley (jared@ybike.org) at least 6 weeks in advance or buy your own (rockthebike.com).

Bike Events: Recurring events include the Excelsior Walk and Roll to School day, on the first Tuesday of every month, and Learn to Ride with YBike in the Presidio, on the first Sunday of every month. For bike event updates, visit sfbike.org/events.

Bike Racks: If your school requires bike racks, SFUSD has a few 2-loop and a number of 4-loop racks available in several colors. If you are interested in having bike racks for your school, please contact your school principal.

Bike & Roll to School Week: Every year, schools are encouraged to celebrate and motivate students and parents to bike or roll to school at the end of April. For more information, please visit www.sfsaferoutes.org/bike.

Bike Trains: A group of children who bike together accompanied by adults for better visibility and safety. Get more resources or schedule a training at sfsaferoutes.org/contact.

Carpooling: To find and organize a car, walk, bike, or bus-pool, download the Kid CarPool app or visit www.sfsaferoutes.org/carpool. The app connects families that live within a 5-mile radius of one another and have children at the same school. Available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Filipino on the Apple and Google Play store.

Drop and Roll: SFUSD has an online resource and external consulting resources to assist you in developing safe pick-up and drop-off procedures.  For more information, please contact Ken Neu in Risk Management at neuk@sfusd.edu.

Idling: Resources and activities for schools to run a no idling campaign are available at http://onairschools.org/campaign/no-idling/.

Task Forces: Neighborhood task forces in the Mission, Excelsior, Bayview, Chinatown, and Westside (Richmond/Sunset) allow parents to share their safety concerns and advocate for traffic improvements around their school. Contact us to find more information about your neighborhood task force. 

Free Muni for Youth: Low and moderate income SF youth between the ages of 5 and 18 are eligible for free access to Muni when using a Clipper card. Parents must fill out a paper form and include proof of a child’s age to receive a pass valid until the child’s 19th birthday. To replace a lost or stolen card, contact Clipper Customer Service at 1.877.878.8883.

Muni Safety: The Muni Transit Assistance Program (MTAP) trains community members to ride on specific routes with the purpose of diffusing and deterring any conflicts and acts of vandalism and to ensure the safety of students. MTAP staff work closely with middle and high school principals to identify and ameliorate school-related transportation concerns. For more information please visit here.

Muni Routes: Every middle and high school in the District is served by at least one Muni route. Find the nearest bus routes and schedules here. For elementary schools use the MUNI planner to find routes closest to your school.

School Trippers: Certain middle and high schools are served by school trippers, Muni buses which begin or end at these schools but otherwise follow their usual route. School trippers are the ones served by the MTAP program (see Muni Safety). Here is a list of the current schools being served by trippers.

School Buses: Schedules for SFUSD general education school buses, how to request service, and additional information can be found here.

Crossing Guards: Approximately 195 school crossing guards serve K- 8 public and private schools throughout San Francisco. Placement and assignment of crossing guards is dependent on a number of criteria to ensure they are placed at intersections where they are needed the most. The addition of new crossing guards is limited by available funding. For more information please visit: https://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/walk/adult-school-crossing-guard-program.

Traffic Calming: To reduce excessive speeding and calm traffic, the SFMTA is working with SFUSD to develop a new traffic calming program designed specifically for schools. Fore more information please contact your school principal.  

Traffic Enforcement: Request morning or afternoon SFPD enforcement by contacting your local SFPD police station directly.

Vision Zero SF: The City’s commitment to eliminate traffic-related deaths on our streets by 2024, with a focus on vulnerable populations including youth: www.visionzerosf.org/.

Walk & Roll to School Day: This international kickoff to the year takes place the first Wednesday in October. Schools encourage students to walk or roll to school and celebrates those that already do. To receive free resources: www.sfsaferoutes.org/walk.

Walking School Bus: A group of children walking to school with one or more adults. It can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school or as structured as a route with meeting points, a timetable, and a regularly rotating schedule of trained volunteers. Start your own with this fact sheet.

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Photo: Claudia Valdez
Photo: Claudia Valdez