safe routes to school

Strategy and Walk and Roll maps

Menlo Park SRTS recently finalized its Safe Routes to School Strategy and newly developed Walk and Roll Maps. School districts, schools, parents, and students were invited to give their feedback on both the Strategy and Maps throughout the Spring, which was then incorporated into the final versions.

The SRTS Strategy provides a framework to implement the program in Menlo Park schools. It highlights existing efforts in Menlo Park to promote and facilitate walking and bicycling to school, along with detailing a number of recommendations and goals for the SRTS partners (the City, School Districts, private schools and the community).

The Walk and Roll Maps show suggested routes and tips for safely walking or bicycling to school. A total of 23 Walk and Roll Maps will be created for both public and private schools that serve Menlo Park families. Maps will be updated regularly to reflect any new infrastructure and community feedback.

SRTS Task Force Meeting

The first Task Force Meeting took place September 18th at the Menlo Park City School District offices. This committee will help guide and implement the SRTS program. It is comprised of public school district employees, City staff, police, community members, and other relevant stakeholders to discuss issues, concerns, and craft recommendations to improve the program.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the SRTS Task Force committee, please reach out to Andre-Anne Cadieux, the Menlo Park Safe Routes to School Coordinator. 

Citywide Crossing Guard Program

To aid the Menlo Park’s SRTS program, a partnership of the City, Facebook, and three elementary school districts in the Menlo Park area collaborated over the summer on a citywide crossing guard program. Facebook will fund 16 crossing guards, totaling approximately $200,000 annually for an initial 5-year term with a 5-year extension possibility.

The City, in collaboration with Facebook, surveyed each District to help identify and prioritize new crossing guard locations. Those additional locations will create a network of safe corridors for students and their families by facilitating walking and bicycling from one neighborhood to another.

The three School Districts are now looking for interested individuals who can be crossing guards. More information on how to apply is below:

  • For the Los Lomitas School District, and Menlo Park City School District apply online or call 800-540-9290.
  • For Ravenswood School District, call 650-444-0359 to contact Delma Camacho, RCSD coordinator.

First Demonstration Project for The City of Menlo Park!

The City of Menlo Park held its first demonstration project to help the community visualize proposed projects. From October 2 to 4, a temporary bike lane on Chilco Street was installed between the railroad tracks and Hamilton Avenue. Residents, students, and workers had the opportunity to envision the new street design and share their feedback.

City staff also took bike counts during the 3 days, in the morning and afternoon to get a snapshot of the the bike lane usage. On average each morning, there were about 100 cyclists in the bike lane, including about 12 students.

The permanent bike lane will be installed by the end of the year. It will connect the Belle Haven neighborhood and destinations such as Bedwell Bayfront Park, the Bay Trail, and the new TIDE Academy High School. For more information, please contact Kevin Chen, Senior Transportation Engineer at the City of Menlo Park.

Parent and Caregiver Survey

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback allows us to adjust Safe Routes to School (SRTS) education and encouragement program features to best meet the needs of each individual school.  Your feedback will be shared with decision makers throughout the county who can address infrastructure issues regarding safe walking and biking.  This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Two versions of the survey are available:  English survey and Spanish survey

Safety Tip

Plan your safe route to school ahead of time!
Before walking or bicycling:

  • Plan the best route (lowest-stress route). Check out the Walk and Roll map of your child’s school to help you map your route
  • Take your child out on a weekend to practice the route together!
Check out the San Mateo County Walk + Roll to School Guidebook for more safety tips.

Stay tuned!

Don’t miss out on Safe Routes to School updates! To subscribe to the SRTS newsletter and receive up-to-date information about the program and upcoming SRTS related events and activities, sign up here: menlopark.org/projectupdates by checking the Safe Routes to School box.

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