The purpose of Menlo Park's Safe Routes to Schools program is to enhance access to all schools that serve Menlo Park residents. The City leads the preparation of a Safe Routes to Schools plan with a particular focus on gathering input and feedback from school students, parents, and residents near the school. The plans are also prepared in close coordination with the school district and administration.
Safe Routes to School Task Force
The Task Force meets quarterly and convenes representatives from the four school districts and schools, , Menlo Park and Atherton police departments, City and County public works departments, San Mateo County Sheriff Office, San Mateo County Office of Education, parents and local organizations to discuss challenges around walking and biking to school and share ideas and opportunities for the Safe Routes to School program. Task force meetings are open to the public. The tentative Task Force meeting schedule for the 2021-22 school year is:
The Safe Routes to School program publishes a monthly email newsletter as another way to increase communications to keep parents, children and residents in the know. Subscribe to Safe Routes to School newsletter to receive the latest program news.
Walk and roll maps, resources
The Safe Routes to School program has created resources for students and their families to help plan the best route for bicycling and walking to school. These include Walk and Roll maps created for both public and private schools, safety tips, curriculum, an activity book, and ways on how to get more involved in the community.
Citywide walk and roll map
While there are individual Walk and Roll maps that are customized for each school, there is also a citywide map to help facilitate longer trips across the City. The map displays bicycle lanes, walking paths, the Peninsula Bikeway, SamTrans routes, traffic signals and schools.