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Youth Transportation Program - Safe Routes

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Boulder County’s Youth Transportation Program supports national, state, and local partners, including youth and their caregivers, to prepare our youth to safely and effectively utilize and navigate our transportation systems. We aim to help young people grow into more independent travelers and safe multi-modal transportation users by increasing awareness of and experiences with pedestrians, bicyclists, and/or all vehicle types and by promoting healthy transportation alternatives such as walking and biking/scooting/rolling.

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Program Framework - the 6 Es

The Youth Transportation Program uses a combination of strategies that are guided by the 6 Es framework developed by the National Safe Routes to School Partnership.

Chart showing the six Es that are the guiding principles of the Youth Transportation Program: Engagement, Equity, Evaluation, Encouragement, Education, and Engineering

Interested in attending or hosting a future Safe Walking or Biking Discussion Session? Please let us know.
¿Está interesado(a/e) en asistir u organizar una futura Sesión de Caminar Seguro(a/e) o El Ciclismo Seguro(a/e)? Por favor háganos saber.

Safe Walking Discussion Sessions

Free, interactive, facilitated family discussions. Held online via Zoom from 5:30-6:30pm on the following dates:

  • Ages 5-9: March 17, 2021
  • Ages 10-14: March 31, 2021
  • Ages 15-18: April 21, 2021 (Optional to attend with an adult)

Sesiones de Discusiones Sobre Caminar Seguro(a/e)

Discusiones familiares, gratuitas, interactivas y facilitadas a través de Zoom de 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. en las siguientes fechas:

  • Edades 5-9: 7 de abril
  • Edades 10-14: 12 de abril
  • Edades 15-18: 19 de abril – Opcional para asistir con un(a/x) adulto(a/e)

Safe Biking Discussion Sessions

Free, interactive, facilitated family discussions. Held online via Zoom from 5:30-6:30pm on the following dates:

  • Ages 15-18: April 26, 2021 (Optional to attend with an adult)
  • Ages 10-14: April 28, 2021
  • Ages 5-9: May 3, 2021

Sesiones de Discusiones Sobre el Ciclismo Seguro(a/e)

Discusiones familiares, gratuitas, interactivas y facilitadas a través de Zoom de 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. en las siguientes fechas:

  • Edades 15-18: 10 de mayo – Opcional para asistir con un(a/x) adulto(a/e)
  • Edades 10-14: 12 de mayo
  • Edades 5-9: 24 de mayo
Please send us picture(s) of your participation in these annual events – we would love to highlight it in our monthly newsletter and/or on social media!

To plan an event for your school, check out the resources below. If you need more assistance, reach out to us anytime. (Contact info at bottom of page).

National Walk to School Day logo

October 6, 2021

National Walk to School Day (aka “Walktober”) events bring attention to the joy and value of safe walking and rolling. Along with Bike to School Day, these events can lead to changes in communities’ policies and physical environments that help support safe walking and biking everyday.

Plan a Walk to School Event

WTSD Word Search

WTSD Crossword

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day logo

November 17, 2021

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day, created by 5th grade students in San Francisco in 2018, provides an opportunity to teach children about the civil rights movement and today’s social change efforts. The event celebrates the courage of Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old who changed history by becoming the first black child to desegregate an all-white elementary school.

Short Video Lesson

Disney Movie Trailer

Book List

Ruby Bridges Thank You Card 2020

National Bike to School Day logo

May 4, 2022

National Bike to School Day provides an opportunity for schools across the country to celebrate National Bike Month while promoting road safety for the youth who participate and entire communities.

Plan a Bike to School Event

BTSD Word Search

BTSD Crossword

Trip Tracker Program

Trip Tracker encourages and rewards students and their families for using alternatives to single family car transportation to school, with the goal of reducing traffic congestion and air pollution around schools and building environmentally and physically healthy habits among students. Participating students earn Trip Tracker dollars, which can be used like cash at local business or donated to local nonprofit organizations. The Trip Tracker program is available both for students in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain School Districts. (BVSD manages its own program while SVVSD’s program is managed by Boulder County but implemented in partnership with SVVSD.)

BVSD Trip Tracker Program SVVSD Trip Tracker Program

More Boulder County School Programs/Resources

Partial picture of first page of Trip Tracker Collective Impact Summary for St. Vrain Valley School District from 2015-2020

Trip Tracker 6-Year Summary (SVVSD)

Because the Trip Tracker Program was paused in St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD) for the 2020-2021 school year, it allowed us time to analyze the program’s first 6 years of implementation.

Please check out what you accomplished here. Well done, Trip Trackers!

Cammie Edson (Boulder County) helps 4-year-old attach lights to her new bike

Bicycle Longmont, YMCA gift roughly 200 bikes to children on Saturday

Cammie Edson, Boulder County Youth Transportation Program Manager, volunteered with the Kids (Holiday) Bike Program, which gifted about 200 bikes to children aged 4-12 on Saturday, May 22.

Article published by the Longmont Times-Call on May 23, 2021.

Cover of 2020 statewide program assessment of Safe Routes to School programs in Colorado, featuring a Longmont (SVVSD) familyColorado Safe Routes to School Programs in Colorado – 2020 Statewide Program Assessment Report

This report provides an overview of the state of Safe Routes to School programming in Colorado and a high-level assessment of challenges, innovations, and opportunities. The two Trip Tracker Programs in Boulder County (BVSD and SVVSD) are highlighted as a case study.

The cover photo features a local Longmont family who participated in Trip Tracker at an SVVSD school!

Youth Transportation Options - Ways to get around Boulder County

Use this guide/checklist to explore and/or check off which options could help get you get to and from school, work, friends’ and family members’ homes, or anywhere you want to go.

  • In English
  • In Spanish/En Español – Stay Tuned! / ¡Estén atentos!
Boulder County youth transportation options checklist in English

Safe Walking & Biking Resources

These resources are designed to help educators, parents, and others who care about pedestrian safety to engage children and youth in activities and conversations around pedestrian and road safety. Most materials are available online for free and are suitable for use in a school setting or one-on-one at home.

Cover of Safe Routes to School Guide for parents & caregivers

Traffic Gardens

Traffic gardens (also known as safety towns) are a miniature world of streets and traffic features that provide an opportunity for children to practice navigating streets and intersections in a fun and safe environment. Traffic gardens may be permanent facilities or temporary installations.

BVSD Traffic GardensAt-Home Activities

State & National Resources

National Safe Routes to School Partnership

Safe Routes to School provides funding and implementation support for Safe Routes to School programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These programs include education, promotion, and enforcement campaigns and advocate for policies and infrastructure improvements that support safe walking and bicycling.

See programming recommendations for the 2020/21 school year, including recommendations for remote, hybrid, and in-person learning.

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Safe Routes to School Program

A one-stop shop for schools, school districts, or communities who want to start a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. Resources include grant applications, free webinars (and recordings), annual events, and toolkits/lesson plans/curricula.

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Contact Us

Cammie Piller Edson

Youth Transportation Program Manager
303-441-3935
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