Safe Routes to School Palo Alto


Driving Safely

Children walking or biking to school help reduce traffic congestion - give them a brake and use extra caution. How you behave behind the wheel also influence how your children will handle cars when they are learning to drive.

Driver Safety Tips

  • Observe the 25 mph speed limit in school zones at all times.
  • Obey "No Right Turn on Red" signs where posted at school intersections. This allows children to cross safely without cars turning through the crosswalk.
  • Be aware of school commute routes. Young children may not be able to judge speed or distance of vehicles moving toward them, and they think cars can stop instantly.
  • Set a good safety example:
  • Follow instructions of crossing guards. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Don't double park in bike lanes, and don't block red curbs. Avoid making U-turns and other unsafe maneuvers. Always make sure that you and your passengers are buckled up properly. Use booster seats to make adult seat belts safer for children younger than 8 years old or under 4'9" tall.
  • Try to carpool whenever possible to help reduce the congestion around schools.
  • Don't rush - leave home a few minutes earlier instead.

Additional information to keep your family safe: