About Spare the Air Youth

A part of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)’s Climate Initiatives Program, completed in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Spare the Air Youth seeks to educate, inspire, and empower Bay Area youth and their families to change transportation habits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle miles traveled, while also providing a regional resource for students, parents, teachers and program providers.

The program also supports local Safe Routes to School outreach and encouragement efforts. Safe Routes to School is a national movement to improve children’s health and well-being by encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.

We are always seeking new ideas to test and for input on current local programs. If you have an innovative idea on ways to encourage youth and their families to use alternative transportation or you would like to tell us about a successful program in your area, please Contact Us.

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    Link to the Spare the Air Youth website from your site to share resources about Safe Routes to School and other programs to educate and encourage youth and their families to walk, bicycle, carpool, and take transit!

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  • Bay SR2S

    Bay Area Safe Routes to School

    In the Bay Area, Safe Routes to School programs are funded with federal, state, and local fundsmoney. MTC distributes funding to counties based on public and private school enrollment for grades K-12. While programs , and are generally administered at the county level, some cities have individual programs. Click here to find a program near you.

  • National SR2S

    Safe Routes Beyond the Bay

    The State of California and Federal Safe Routes to School Programs have many other resources to help you develop or expand your program. Find out what’s happening in other communities in the state and country!

  • Spare the Air Youth Guidebooks

    Spare the Air Youth developed a series of guidebooks to assist parents, teachers, program providers, students and others in implementing programs to encourage and incentivize families to use alternatives to driving.

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    Pilot Projects

    The Spare the Air Youth program has been testing pilot projects and evaluating their potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions due to vehicle trips. This testing will identify activities that can be implemented in program’s second phase, in 2013 through 2015.

  • TAC

    Technical Advisory Committee

    The Spare the Air Youth Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) was convened to encourage information sharing. Participants are Safe Routes to School program implementers, Safe Routes to Schools Creative Grant recipients, and other youth outreach professionals and meets quarterly. This page has the previous presentations and workshop materials from meetings.

    Please Contact Us if you would like get involved with our TAC.

  • YES 2015

    YES Conference

    Join students from around the San Francisco Bay Area to discuss transportation issues, learn how their decisions can impact climate change, and share ways of encouraging others to walk, bike, take transit, or carpool to school.

  • Youth Grant

    Spare the Air Youth Grant

    Several projects supporting Safe Routes to School efforts in the Bay Area have been awarded grants by Spare the Air Youth. Find out more about the grantee and their upcoming events.