The City of Palo Alto is committed to creating and sustaining a community partnership with the Palo Alto Unified School District and Palo Alto PTA to reduce risks to students and encourage more families to walk and bike or use other alternatives to driving more often.
In the spring of 2012, the City of Palo Alto initiated an expanded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, funded by a two-year Vehicle Emissions Reductions Based at Schools (VERBS) grant from the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority. The project will enhance the City's Five E's approach to Safe Routes to School programming: Education, Engineering, Enforcement, Encouragement, and Evaluation.
The VERBS grant will allow the City to evaluate the existing conditions for students traveling to school, assess current education programs, develop new encouragement tools, and explore policy changes to improve school commute safety. In addition, the program includes development of Walk and Roll to School maps as well as Recommended Improvement maps for each school which will be posted online for public review. A summary of grant activities may be found here.
For more information about the Safe Routes to School Program or to make comments on the draft maps listed below, please contact Sylvia Star-Lack at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (650) 329-2156.
The “Safe Routes for All” video was developed by the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN), and the Santa Clara County Safe Routes to School Providers Group. This short video highlights the many benefits of a Safe Routes to School program which educates and encourages students and families to travel to school safely, as well as promotes the creation of walkable/bikeable communities for all. The video features comments from local providers and partners. For more information go to www.sccphd.org/traffic
Walk and Roll to Palo Alto’s Libraries! Use this handy brochure to view biking and walking routes to neighborhood libraries throughout Palo Alto. This resource also includes library hours and road safety tips.
2015 Secondary Bike Count Charts
This document reports the counts of parked bikes at each of the Palo Alto public middle and high schools as well as the percentages of the enrolled student body who biked to school on the day of the count. Counts were taken on different days in the fall of 2015 by our amazing PTA Safe Routes volunteers.
This working paper presents the results of the Parent/Caregiver Survey conducted in fall 2014 through the Palo Alto Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. Overall, 1,970 surveys were filled out, providing results for 3,124 students (each survey enabled a parent/caregiver to provide information for up to three students).
This working paper presents the results of the Parent/Caregiver Survey conducted through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's (MTC) Climate Initiatives Evaluation Program and the Palo Alto Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. Overall, 2,603 surveys were filled out, providing results for 4,265 students (each survey enabled a parent/caregiver to provide information for up to three students).
The CSTSC meets the third Thursday of every month during the school year. The CSTSC is composed of community members, City of Palo Alto staff and Palo Alto Unified School District staff who serve in an advisory capacity to the City Manager and the Superintendent on matters relating to school traffic safety for students. Members of the public are welcome to attend the monthly meetings. The CSTSC Charter describes the specific duties and responsibilities of the committee.
Educating Student Bicyclists and Pedestrians Palo Alto has a history as a bicycle friendly town. In addition to having flat terrain and many bicycle facilities, some form of bicycle education has been offered in the Palo Alto Unified School District since the 1960s. [more]
Report Code Violations In an average year, the City receives several complaints related to possible code enforcement violations. Please call/email respective code enforcement officers with your complaint. [more]