What is a Safe Routes To School Steering Committee?

The primary purpose of a Safe Routes to School Steering Committees is to provide leadership and guidance on safe routes to school projects and programs. The goal of the Safe Routes to School Program is to deliver safe and equitable transportation options that promote the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Community members of North Monterey County are invited to apply to be part of the Castroville Safe Routes to School Steering Committee!

Apply Here!

Aplicar aquí!

Roles & Responsibilities

Safe Routes to School Steering Committees may look different from community to community based on specific needs or project funding, but all Steering Committees will:

    • Decide when, where and how often to meet
    • Determine minimum and/or maximum time commitment for Steering Committee members
    • Get feedback from the community on safe routes to school needs
    • Communicate the needs and desires of their community with the Safe Routes to School Program manager to help ensure resources are being allocated effectively and equitably.
    • Help develop safe routes to school projects and programs in the community
    • Advocate for Safe Routes to School projects in their community

Committee Structure

The steering committees give decision-making power to community members, so they decide how transportation projects get funded, developed and implemented.

The Safe Routes to School Steering Committees will be comprised of a diverse group of community representatives including but not limited to advocacy groups, parents, students, school representatives, City representatives and residents.


Steering Committees



    • North Monterey County Safe Routes to School Plan
    • Participatory Budgeting




















King City


East Salinas


    • Safe Routes Sidewalk Art
    • Community Biking and Walking Groups


Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting gives decision-making power to community members, so they decide how to spend public money.

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process where community members get to decide how to allocate part of a public budget. The participatory budgeting process will be led by the SRTS Steering Committee with help and technical support from TAMC staff. The SRTS Steering Committee will lead a community-wide election and members of the public will vote on their top priority safe routes to school projects. The projects selected by the public will get funded and implemented immediately following the SRTS plan adoption in Spring 2024.

Participatory Budgeting Resources

Participatory Budgeting Project Video
Real Money Real Power: Participatory Budgeting

Watch Here!

Mira Aquí!

Source: The Participatory Budgeting Project, https://www.participatorybudgeting.org/


The steering committee team works to coordinate and offer technical support for the steering committees in Monterey County.

Aaron Hernandez

831 775-4412


Hablo español

Amelia Conlen

(831) 775-4404


Participatory Budgeting