Safe Routes to School

The Safe Walks to School project aimed to create a curriculum and series of workshops to encourage walking and bicycling among 5th graders attending Jean Parker Elementary School located in San Francisco's Chinatown. As the main project lead, my goal was to introduce the students to urban planning concepts so they could understand how and why transportation planners engineer streets and implement design changes to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. I was also interested in developing the leadership potential of young members of the Chinatown Transportation Research Improvement Project (TRIP), a 35-year old grassroots transportation advocacy group committed to improving transportation issues in San Francisco’s Chinatown.  Two workshops were designed and led by TRIP members using a  “train the trainer” model in which TRIP members were then able to build stronger relationships with one another and solidify their understanding of Chinatown transportation planning concepts in order to teach the younger participants.