The City of Austin’s Safe Routes to School Program educates students on pedestrian and bicycle safety and provides crossing guards at crucial intersections. The program's mission is to reduce barriers that prevent students from actively traveling to school. We do this by providing crossing guards at warranted locations, educating students on pedestrian and bicyle safety, and engaging with the community to increase the number of students who choose human power to get to school.
Our vision is to engage with the community to create a safe, more equitable, and healthier environment that fosters human powered transportation as the first choice for Austin students!
We employ 230 crossing guards and crossing guard supervisors, stationed at 97 elementary schools in seven school districts! Our talented Safety Trainer Team visits schools annually to instruct children on how to safely cross the street, ride a bike, or take the bus to school. This free training is available to all local elementary schools in English and Spanish.