As you all may have heard, we are extremely excited about partnering with the San Mateo County Office of Education to implement Safe Routes to School programs at eleven schools in East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood City School District. The program will focus on promoting safety for all students and parents while they travel to and from school, whether they’re walking, bicycling or driving. But of course you know we’ll be encouraging as much walking as bicycling as possible.

We have very ambitious goals for this program, some of the planned activities include:

  • • School site meetings with staff, parents and the community to collect input about safety issues and concerns (Planned for January and February 2012).
  • • Walking and bicycling audits at each school, conducted in collaboration with Alta Planning + Design to identify safety issues (Planned for January and February 2012).
  • • Pedestrian and bicycle skills education and training sessions for students.
  • • Educational programs for parents to help them keep their children safe.

Safe Routes to School programs across the country have proven to help reduce traffic congestion in neighborhoods around schools, improve driver behavior, and increase bicycling and walking safety to and from school.

We will make sure to keep you informed as this and other Safe Routes to School programs progress, as well as notify you about opportunities to participate and volunteer.