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/PTA members (PTA Safe Routes to School Information)
- 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 Traffic Safety Committee (CSTSC)
The CSTSC meets the third Thursday of every month during the school year at 10 a.m. 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. 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 contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1994 (and earlier), the PTA through Traffic Safety Representatives and involved parents has been focused on school commute safety and alternatives to single family car
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