Partners and Program History
Who is a part of the Safe Routes to School Partnership?
The Safe Routes to School Partnership is comprised of multiple constituencies, including:
- Parents/Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) members (PTA Safe Routes to School Information Website)
- Government officials
- Business leaders
- Community groups
- Advocates for bicycling and walking
- Law enforcement officers
- Transportation, urban planning, engineering, and health professionals
- Health, conservation, and safety advocates
City School Transportation Safety Committee (CSTSC)
The CSTSC comprises 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. Meetings are generally held the third Thursday of the month and are currently virtual due to COVID-19. Meeting information can be found on the Safe Routes to School Main Page. The CSTSC Charter describes the specific duties and responsibilities of the committee. If you are interested in presenting information at a City School Traffic Safety Committee meeting, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1994 (and earlier), the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) through Traffic Safety Representatives and involved parents has been focused on school commute safety and alternatives to single family car trips to school. A committee called the City/School Traffic Safety Committee (CSTSC) was created of community members, City of Palo Alto staff and Palo Alto Unified School District staff to advise the City Manager and the School Superintendent on matters relating to school traffic safety for students.
Significant progress was made to reverse the trend toward car-commuting. Thanks to the committee’s work, there are fewer single-family car trips to school and more students walking, biking, and carpooling. This was accomplished primarily by educating parents and students on alternatives to driving and the benefits of walking and biking to school.
By 2003, the committee had reached the limit of what PTA volunteers could accomplish alone. A stronger coalition of resources was needed for further change. At the same time, a new international movement called Safe Routes to School was expanding the options for communities like Palo Alto. With leadership provided by Kathy Durham and other community members, the CSTSC and PTA worked to get a task force created to focus on a Safe Routes to School program. In October, 2005 the City/School Traffic Safety Committee (CSTSC) adopted the Safe Routes to School National Partnership Consensus Statement.
Annual SRTS Partnership Reports to City Council
Each year, the Safe Routes to School Partnership gives an annual report updates to City Council. Reports are available for the following years: