East Palo Alto makes biking, walking a safer option for school kids (VIDEO)
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After a second-grader was struck and killed in a crosswalk on her way to school last year, East Palo Alto and the Ravenswood City School District jumped into action, examining the hazards students face getting to and from school each day.
With funding from the California Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Program, Ravenswood officials conducted a traffic study around each school in the district. Now, they are working with the city to address trouble spots where congestion and infrastructure make it dangerous to walk or bike to school. The district is also partnering with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to reinforce the rules of the road for students.
“Although a response to a terrible thing, it’s been a very healthy process to go through so that everybody recognizes what’s happening out there in our community,” Ravenswood business manager Megan Curtis said.