Safe Routes to School

Background

Safe Routes to School is an international movement to create safe travel opportunities for children to walk or bike to school and community members to walk and bike around their neighborhoods. The City of Saratoga is now in the process of developing a citywide Safe Routes to School Master Plan to identify improvements that could be made around schools to encourage walking or biking to school and around neighborhoods. The City has formed a multidisciplinary team comprised of Traffic Safety Commission members, Youth Commission representatives, Saratoga schools, and the Sheriff’s Office to support the Safe Routes to School effort and increase community awareness.

Over the years, the City has worked closely with the schools to improve infrastructure and facilities to make routes to school safe. The Master Plan will identify and prioritize a list of projects to implement in the future as funding becomes available, either through the City’s Capital Improvement Program or grant opportunities, and allow those projects to be construction ready when the time comes. Saratoga’s Master Plan will be based on a Safe System method developed by the Federal Highway Administration, which takes an analytical approach to improving traffic safety.

Participate 

We want to hear from students, parents, and community members!

Review and Provide Feedback

Please review the map of school locations and recommended projects, and use the online comment form to provide your feedback for the school(s) you are interested in. The Traffic Safety Commission will review feedback from the community and the draft Safe Routes to School Master Plan.

Recommended Projects for each School: 

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Resources

Tentative Timeline

TimeframeActivity
Spring 2021
  • City reviews existing data and needs
Summer 2021
  • August 20: Deadline for community members to submit suggested projects/improvements 
Fall 2021
  • September 9: Draft Safe Routes to School Master Plan presented to Traffic Safety Commission
Spring 2022
  • March 10: Safe Routes to School presentation at Traffic Safety Commission meeting
  • April 30: Deadline for community members to submit feedback using the online comment form 
  • Traffic Safety Commission to review Draft Safe Routes to School Master Plan for recommendation to City Council
Summer 2022
  • City Council review and consideration of Draft Safe Routes to School Master Plan