Safe Routes to School


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.


We want to hear from students, parents, and community members to learn about your experiences and identify the most meaningful improvements for the community.   

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Tentative Timeline

Spring 2021
  • City reviews existing data and needs
August 20
  • Community comments due by 5:00 p.m.
September 9
  • Draft Safe Routes to School Master Plan presented to Traffic Safety Commission
September/October 2021
  • Community members submit comments on draft Safe Routes to School Master Plan 
March 2022
  • Traffic Safety Commission reviews Draft Safe Routes to School Master Plan for recommendation to City Council
April 2022
  • City Council review and consideration of Draft Safe Routes to School Master Plan