Safe Routes to School Palo Alto



Safe Routes to School is an international movement to make it safe, convenient and fun for children and families to choose healthier, active, and sustainable school commutes.


The goal of Safe Routes to School is to get more children bicycling and walking to schools every day. This improves community and personal health, benefits the environment, increases safety, and decreases traffic congestion around schools. For more information, visit the City of Palo Alto’s Safe Routes to School web page here:


Even if you have to get to school by car, there are still options for you to help reduce congestion and make your commute less stressful.

Getting Started...

This website contains community-based information to help Palo Alto parents learn how to start their children biking and walking to school safely, to give volunteers the information they need to get involved, and to provide links to important community resources.


If you are interested in a particular school click on: Schools or for safety tips then click on Getting to School.


If you are looking for school-specific maps then click on Maps.


The green buttons on the left will help you learn about resources that are available to you in addition to these popular links.

We'd like to hear from you

If you have any questions or don't find the information you need here, please fill free to call us or send us an email. Refer to our Who To Call section.


What's New

VTA's Next Network

Possible Cuts to Palo Alto numbers 88 and 35 Buses
Visit to learn more. Get involved.

Upcoming Events

Family Fun at Bike Palo Alto!
Sunday, October 2, 1-4pm

Bike Palo Alto! is designed to help families explore ways to get around the city using quiet bike routes. This free event starts at El Carmelo School (Loma Verde & Bryant). Volunteers provide route information and maps, free bike inspections, Share the Road safety tips and activities for children. Learn more at

Palo Alto Walks & Rolls Events, October 3-6
For Safer Streets, Healthier Bodies, And A Greener Planet

At fun Walk & Roll events district-wide PAUSD students are encouraged to walk, bike, ride the bus, and carpool to school to celebrate International Walk to School Day.

Upcoming Classes

Bringing Up Bicyclists (Parent Ed.)
How to Teach Your Child the Skills and Habits of Safe Bicyclists
Ohlone Elementary School MP Room, 950 Amarillo Avenue, on October 3, 7pm

This FREE class teaches parents of elementary students how to foster and judge proper development of their childrens bicycling safety skills. The class is for parents, not for children. For more information, contact Penny Ellson.

6th Grade Bike Program
Sixth graders at all three PAUSD middle schools participate in this in-school assembly during 6th grade orientation to encourage them to share the road legally and safely as bicyclists, pedestrians, or passengers.

3rd Grade Bicycling Life Skills
In-school Bicycling Life Skills classes. Three lessons offered to all 3rd graders at all 12 PAUSD elementary school sites, including on-bike events at each school with stations to practice: controlled riding, scanning, driveway/intersection dynamics, bike safety checks, and helmet fitting.