Safe Routes to School Palo Alto



Safe Routes to School is an international movement to make it safe, convenient, and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school.


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.


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

Ongoing: City of Palo Alto
School Route Safety Assessment & Mapping

Site by site assessment of PAUSD school routes to:

  - map suggested routes for walking and biking to school.

  - identify and prioritize needed bicycle/pedestrian safety improvements.

City is soliciting comments on school commute routes to: Nixon, Jordan, and Palo Alto High School now. To submit comments, click here

View maps for other PAUSD schools here

Upcoming Events

Bicycle Boulevard Projects Outreach Bike-Along Rides

The City of Palo Alto is hosting four bike-along rides to help introduce and solicit information on proposed Bicycle Boulevard projects. Each of the Saturday rides will include a bicycle tour of proposed project sites with stops at key locations to allow residents an opportunity to provide input on improvements to be presented at future community meetings. Please note that many of these streets include PAUSD school commute routes. PAUSD families are invited to participate.

For specific times, a map of each ride and more details, click here.

May is Bike Month

Bike Month is a national event that celebrates the bicycle, a unique, fun, and green form of transportation.

The City of Palo Alto will celebrate Bike Month by highlighting bicycling and walking facility improvements in our community and "Bike to Work Day" events, joined by some PAUSD schools. Dates to be posted here soon.

Bringing Up Bicyclists Parent Ed. Classes:
How to Teach Your Child the Skills and Habits of Safe Bicyclists

This FREE class teaches parents of children up to age 9 what they need to know to foster and judge proper development of their children’s bicycling safety skills.

The class is for parents, not for children. Dates for these classes will be posted here soon! For more information, contact

Upcoming Classes

Spring In-School Bike & Pedestrian Safety Classes

- Nixon Elementary
  Third Grade Bike Program

- JLS Middle School
   "Drive Your Bike" Assembly

- All PAUSD elem. schools
  K-2 Pedestrian Safety Class