Safe Routes to School

See information on Walk and Roll to School events under “Encouragement“!

Santa Fe Conservation Trust is pursuing “Safe Routes to School” – the promotion of walking and bicycling to school – through a federally-funded contract with the City of Santa Fe, complemented by efforts of staff of the Santa Fe Metropolitan Planning Organization, Santa Fe Public Schools, and other partners.

Encouraging Santa Fe’s families to walk or ride a bicycle in the community is a natural extension of SFCT’s “community conservation” approach. Just like the natural-surface, recreational trails that SFCT has helped develop and maintain in public and private open space in practically every direction from town, the walkways and bikeways where we live, work, and go to school represent opportunities for healthier people, environment, and economy for Santa Fe.

The objective of Santa Fe Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is to establish a city-wide SRTS Action Plan founded on development of pilot activities in the areas of the “Four Es” – Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Engineering, along with additional emphasis on Equity and Evaluation.  Read about our progress here: Santa Fe SRTS Progress Report for 2022 1st Half.

The end result after two school years will be a funded and sustainable community-wide SRTS program moving forward. We will know we are successful if more schoolchildren are walking and biking to school, which could signal a somewhat radical change in the mindset of our auto-centric community.

Resources from Safe Routes National Partnership

Resource from Active Living ResearchInfographic in EnglishInfographic in Spanish

Santa Fe Safe Routes to School on Facebook