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Last Updated: Aug 16, 2017
Safe Routes to School
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. Our program is part of a national movement targeting improved safety and active transportation choices for families and communities.
Video: Safe Routes for All – Santa Clara County 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.
Palo Alto’s Safe Routes to School Partnership has developed a Five-Year Work plan outlining its goals and strategies for achieving them through 2022. Five-Year Work Plan goals and strategies depend on the Safe Routes to School Partnership’s funding and capacity, and may be subject to change as demand dictates.
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).
The CSTSC meets the third Thursday of every month during the school year at 10am at 25 Churchill Avenue. 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. If you intend on joining a meeting, please contact Rosie Mesterhazy or Sylvia Star-Lack at Rosie.Mesterhazy@CityofPaloAlto.org and Sylvia.Star-Lack@CityofPaloAlto.org. 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]