California Department of Transportation

Safe Routes to School

State-legislated Safe Routes To School (SR2S) Program

California was the first state in the country to legislate a Safe Routes to School program with the enactment of AB 1475 in 1999.  Eight years later, in 2007, AB 57 extended the program indefinitely with funding provided from the State Highway Account. On September 7, 2011, AB 516 amended the Safe Routes to School program by revising the rating factors in scoring project applications.  For additional information, please refer to the Official California Legislative Information website located at:

Section 2333.5 of the Streets and Highways Code calls for the Department of Transportation, in consultation with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), to make grants available to local governmental agencies under the program based upon the results of a statewide competition. To date, there have been nine program cycles released under the SR2S program.

On June 29, 2012, Cycle 10 SR2S Approved Project List was announced. 139 projects worth $48.5 million was funded this cycle out of 336 project applications submitted. $7 million of the funds were awarded in rural counties with $28 million awarded to projects that included at least one low-income school.

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