Safe Routes to School


The Palo Alto Safe Routes to School Partnership 

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, bike and use other alternatives to driving more often.

The Safe Routes to School program is part of a national movement and strategy targeting improved safety and active transportation choices for families and communities. The  Five-Year Work Plan outlines Partnership goals and strategies for achieving them through 2022. The mission of the Five-Year Work Plan is to enhance and sustain the City / PAUSD / PTA community partnership 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. This is accomplished by achieving our goal of growing and strengthening community-wide support through the SRTS E’s model for safe, active, healthy, sustainable school commutes. Yearly Work Plan strategy completion is dependent on program funding and capacity, and may be subject to change as demand dictates.

Safe Routes to School Resources

Upcoming Safe Routes to School Events and Related Activities

    • PAUSD Family Leadership Summit: Sunday, February 22, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm, Gunn High School Register
    • Bicycle Boulevard Council Report: Monday, February 24, 6:00 pm, City Hall Council Chambers 
    • MOTHERLOAD Cargo Bike Documentary Screening and Showcase: Sunday, March 1, 2:00 - 4:30 pm, Greendell School:  $5 donation/admission to benefit the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange. Register for tickets here 
    • Green Streets for Sustainable Communities Symposium: Thursday, March 12, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.Mountain View Community Center. 201 South Rengstorff Avenue. Explore how to better design, fund, build, and maintain streets to optimize performance on many dimensions. Citizen and environmental activists are welcome to attend.  Scholarships can be requested here. More information here
    • Word on the Street: Thursday, March 19, 6:00 - 8:00 pm: JLS Middle School: A new format, informal, and open-house- style community conversation with City staff regarding transportation priorities including rail.
    • 2020 Sustainability and Climate Action Plan Community Workshop #1: Tuesday, March 31, 5:30 - 7:00 pm Mitchell Park Community Center, El Palo Alto Room

2020 Citywide Safe Routes to School Monthly Meeting Dates 

  • Thursday, February 20, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Downtown Library, El Camino Room.
  • Thursday, March 19, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Downtown Library, El Camino Room.
  • Thursday, April 16, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Downtown Library, El Camino Room.
  • Thursday, May 21, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, Downtown Library, El Camino Room. 

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the Safe Routes team at