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Local Elementary Schools May Be Eligible for Active Transportation Safety Education

Local elementary schools in Orange County may be eligible for bike and pedestrian safety education through a partnership with OCTA and the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA).

A wide variety of safe walking and biking to school activities will be delivered at selected elementary schools through the Safe Transportation Education Program (SAFE), which provides participating schools with free resources to encourage families to walk, roll or bike to school safely and more often. STEP is also providing distancing learning modules focusing on safe walking, rolling and biking practices for everyday life, that satisfy specific California Department of Education (CDE) Health Education and Physical Education Standards.

The goal of STEP is to encourage families to walk, roll or bike to school (and around their communities) as a safe and normal part of their everyday lives.

STEP is funded by a California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Active Transportation Planning (ATP) grant. Grant funding is limited to providing the full range of services to 25 elementary schools. However, OCTA and OCHCA intend to make all distance learning modules available to all Orange County elementary schools.

For more information and to see if your child’s school qualifies, visit here.