Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School Week - Coming September
The Town of Los Gatos will hold the annual Townwide, K-12 Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Week in September.

All schools and students in Town are encouraged to participate and contribute to improving the health of students and the environment by reducing traffic congestion around schools. The easiest way  to participate  is to not use a vehicle for the school commute. Instead, walk, bike or skateboard. For those who don't live close enough to walk or bike, or who drive for other reasons, there are ways you too, can be a part of the program: carpool or use safe and legal drop-off and pick-up spots away from congested area around the school.

If your school has issued a Parent Driver Contract, sign it, you are simply committing your family to always use safe driving practices around schools and when children are present.

What is Safe Routes to School?
Safe Routes to School is an international movement that has taken hold in communities throughout the United States.  The concept is to increase the number of children who walk or bicycle to school by funding projects that remove the barriers that currently prevent them from doing so.

Why is Safe Routes to School Important?
Thirty years ago, 60% of children living within a 2-mile radius of a school walked or bicycled to school.  Today, that number has dropped to less than 15%.  Roughly 25% commute by school bus, and well over half are driven to or from school in vehicles.  And back then, 5% of children between the ages of 6 and 11 were considered to be overweight or obese.  Today, that number has climbed to 20%.  These statistics point to a rise in preventable childhood diseases, worsening air quality and congestion around schools, and missed opportunities for children to grow into self-reliant, independent adults.

Safe Routes to School Programs are intended to reverse these trends by funding projects that improve safety and efforts that promote walking and bicycling within a collaborative community framework.  It is through local champions working with a coalition of parents, schools, professionals in transportation, engineering, health, and law enforcement, that the most sustainable projects are expected to emerge.