The Palo Alto Safe Routes to School Program coordinates bicycle and pedestrian safety education for Palo Alto Unified School District families.
As the number of students who use alternative transportation to commute (walking, biking, carpooling, and transit) has risen over the years, the scope of the City's Safe Routes to School education offerings has grown. The 2017-18 core education programs touched approximately 6,077
Safety Tips for Bicyclists, Pedestrians, Skaters, and Drivers
- NEW RESOURCE: Driver FAQs: Sharing the Road (English | Chinese)
- General Safety Tips (English | Chinese | Spanish)
- Helmet Safety (English | Chinese | Spanish)
- Sun Glare Safety Tips for Bicyclists & Drivers (English | Chinese)
- Safe Riding on Shared Paths (English | Chinese)
- How to Prevent Most Bike Thefts (English | Chinese | Spanish)
- What To Do if You're Involved in a Bicycle Collision (English)
- Bicycle Safety: What Every Parent Should Know
- How Children See Traffic
New Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities
- NEW RESOURCE: How to Use the New Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons on El Camino Real
- How to Cross Middlefield and Embarcadero
- How to Use the Bike Box to Fletcher
- What's a Sharrow?
- New Bike Lanes
- Approaching a Crosswalk
- Seen the New Raised Crosswalks?
Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard Information
- Bicycle Boulevard and Roundabout Safety Tips for All Users (English, Spanish, Chinese)
- How to Ride the Ross Road Bicycle Boulevard Video
- Roundabout Safety Flyer (English, Chinese)
- Rolled Curb Parking Tips
- Neighborhood Traffic Safety and Bicycle Boulevard FAQs
- Roundabout Classroom Activities and Answer Key
- How to Ride the Louis/Amarillo Bikeway
- Bicycle Safer Journey: Skills for Safe Bicycling for Ages 5 to 18
- A Kid's Eye View: Bicycle Safety for Parents from a Child's Perspective
- Fitting and Adjusting Your Bike | Bike Helmets | Sharing the Trail
- Safe Routes for All – Santa Clara County
- Gunn High School Gunn ReCYCLEs Bike Program
Carpooling and Transit Resources
- Reference Table of Available Carpooling Apps and Resources
- Crosstown and Embarcadero Shuttle Information
Construction Updates: Heads Up!
The next time you see a construction project on a Palo Alto street and wonder what’s happening, you have a new online tool to turn to called Heads Up! Heads Up! gives you real-time information on street closures impacting our City’s roadways for four hours or more. It’s still in beta launch mode but you can get the information at your fingertips by registering to receive Heads Up! alerts, then by clicking on
Partnership with PAMF
The City of Palo Alto, working in partnership with PAMF pediatricians, developed a Safe Routes to School Tips flyer to be distributed to families looking to increase their physical activity. This flyer also includes contacts for local Safe Routes to School programs.
For more information, please contact our Safe Routes team at SafeRoutes@CityofPaloAlto.org.