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Safe Routes to School

2016/17 Safe Routes to School Program

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The Burlingame School District is the recipient of a 2016/17 Safe Routes to School grant from the San Mateo County Office of Education's Safe Routes program. Funding for the Safe Routes programs are provided from the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG).


Burlingame's 2016/17 Safe Routes program will focus on the following projects:

For more information on the BSD Safe Routes to School program, contact Rusty Hopewell, District Wellness and Safe Routes to School Coordinator. 

School Traffic Relief

We all are impacted by school traffic, whether we are trying to get our children to school, trying to get to work, living in the neighborhood, or just passing through during pick-up and drop-off activities. Here are a number of suggestions to help limit the congestion and get your child to/from school in a safe manner:


  • If you live within walking distance of the school, have your child walk or bike to school. The exercise is good for them.

  • If you have younger children, then consider walking with them. The exercise will do the whole family good.

  • Form or participate in a Walking School Bus. The Safe Routes program can offer training and resources needed to start a Walking School Bus Program at your child's school.

  • If your children are older or skilled on their bike, have them bike to school. Burlingame has established bike routes that serve our schools. Be sure to explore a safe route beforehand and to ride it with your child a few times so they know the route and you are comfortable with their riding skills.

  • Attend the annual Bike Warrior Challenge. The BSD Safe Routes program offers a bike skills training course through the WheelKids Bicycle Club organization. During this bike skills challenge students will learn the rules of the road and how to be a better defensive biker.

  • Park and Walk - park a few blocks from the school and walk the last few with your kids. Good way to stretch the legs.

  • Start a School Car Pool. There are a number of resources to help you find and manage your school car pools. You can use the mobile KangaDo parent helper app (iPhone and Android) that helps not only with finding and managing school car pools, but also with finding babysitters, play dates, and more. 

  • If you have to drive, then be sure to go with the flow and obey all traffic rules. Drive as if your kids live here - because they do. Here are traffic flow maps for each school to help keep the congestion moving in an orderly manner:
  • Traffic Flow Maps: Roosevelt  - McKinley  - Lincoln  - Franklin  - Washington  - BIS - Hoover
  • Pedestrian Maps: Hoover Walking Map


Public Transportation - Youth Clipper Passes

Clipper Youth cards allow students to board the public bus (or train, BART, or MUNI) with the swipe of a card. Parents and guardians can download an application for a Clipper Youth Card at www.clippercard.com/discounts and submit it via regular mail or bring it to the SamTrans office (1250 San Carlos Ave. in San Carlos). Below are the BSD schools served by specific bus routes, or you can find the full list of all SMC schools served at www.samtrans.com/schools. For help via phone please call 1-800-660-4287.

Student-Parent Bike Skills Training - June 24, 2017

The Burlingame School District has partnered with the San Mateo County Office of Ed's Safe Routes to School Program and WheelKids to offer a Middle School Bike Skills Class just for 10-14 year old students (6th to 8th grades) AND their parents. This 4.5 hour training includes classroom instruction on safety and rules of the road and on-bike practice and instruction, followed by a neighborhood ride to reinforce and practice what was just learned. This training is for students AND adults, in fact at least one adult (parent or guardian) must participate with their child. The training is on Saturday, June 24, from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Franklin Elementary School. Cost for the event is $20 per family of 1 adult and 1 child, (normally $80, but subsidized by the Safe Routes program).


Additional funding is available to any BSD family unable to afford the $20 (contact Rusty Hopewell at  rhopewell@burlingameschools.org. Bikes and helmets are required, though our BIS Bike Club's Adopt-A-Bike program can provide both to those in need. Register here ASAP as space is limited (http://bit.ly/BISBikeTraining). Enjoy the safe ride.

Transportation Data

Thank you to all the parents that completed the Fall 2016  Parent Transportation Survey, and to all the students that participated in the Classroom Transportation Tally. This data is useful not only to the District in making Safe Routes to School program decisions, but also county transportation advocates. See how this data is being used in this San Mateo County Safe Routes to School Executive Summary. Congratulations to those parents and students who helped reduce family vehicle trips to school by 10% and increase walking and biking to school by 27% and 142%, respectively. If you would like to see BSD-specific data, please contact the SRTS Coordinator.


The BBC will continue its exploration of bike mechanics and electrical application of bike-powered electricity in the 2016/17 school year. Find out more here...

Recyce-Your-Bike Program


Give your old bike to a new home. Find out more here.

BSD SRTS Newsletters

Safety and Info Corner

Cupcake-Buster Bike Blender

blender bike.jpgClick the image to check out the new Cupcake-Buster bike blender and to check it out for your next school event or classroom party..


How to Fit a Helmet

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Helmet Fitting Guide

Helmet Fitting Video

School Traffic Flow Maps

Following these traffic flow maps will help eliminate congested school traffic. With us all working together, we can make the difference. 

Thanks to Our Funders

Funding for this program is made possible by the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG).