Safe Routes to School

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Graph showing bike usage by PAUSD students from late 1990s until 2019

The Safe Routes to School Program contains a local community partnership between the City, Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD), and Parents Teacher Association (PTA). The partnership mission is to reduce risk to students en route to and from school and encourage families to choose healthy, active, sustainable alternatives to driving solo more often.

General Resources, FAQs, Maps and Program Data

Safe Routes to School is part of a national movement targeting improved safety and active transportation choices for families and communities. The mission of the local City / Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) / Parent-Teacher Association Safe Routes to School (PTA SRTS) community partnership is to reduce risk to students en route to and from school, and to encourage more families to choose healthy, active, sustainable alternatives to driving solo more often. The Five-Year Work Plan outlines program goals and strategies for achieving them. Activity/program completion is dependent on program funding and capacity and may be subject to change as demand dictates. To learn more check out our 2019-2020 Safe Routes to School Annual Report is now available. Also, be sure to check out our Student School Commute FAQs(PDF, 164KB). Our general resources are listed below: 

COVID-19 Transportation Specific Resources and Activities

In accordance with COVID-19 County and State Health Orders, walks or bike rides are permissible as long as six feet of physical distancing are maintained from those not in your household. Walks and bike rides are great ways to stay active, enjoy our beautiful community and de-stress by getting your recommended 60-150 minutes of daily physical activity. Below we have provided some resources to enhance your walking and biking experience.

PAUSD Safe Routes to School Curriculum Life Skills Activities

The Palo Alto SRTS Program coordinates bicycle and pedestrian safety education for PAUSD families. More than 58% of PAUSD students currently walk or bike to school. Core education programs touch approximately 5,888 students, or roughly 49% of total PAUSD enrollment. The weblinks below offer a range of educational material used during the pandemic for all students and parents to explore. 

Upcoming Events

  • Sat., Nov. 20, 10am: 101 Bike Bridge Opening Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony. Info Link
  • Mon., Nov. 29: 6:20pm: Annual Safe Routes to School Study Session/Report-out to City Council Info Link
  • Thur., Dec. 9, 9-11:30am: Sustainability/Climate Action Plan Mobility/Land Use Mtg. Info Link 


City/School Transportation Safety Committee (CSTSC) Meeting Dates

The City/School Transportation Safety Committee (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 student traffic safety. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Meetings are generally held on the third Thursday every two months.  

Upcoming CSTSC Meeting: 

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting Link  |  Meeting ID: 949 1604 2372  |  Call in: (669) 900-6833