GETTING TO SCHOOL IN REDWOOD CITY
post-pandemic and post-redistricting
WHY RIDE A BUS
Create safer streets
Converting more school trips from cars to alternative multi-modal transportation options, including transit, walking, or biking, reduces peak period congestion, improves local air quality, and promotes youth independence. Today, fewer than 15 percent of children nationwide walk or bike to school. Rates of severe childhood obesity are three times higher than they were 30 years ago, putting children at higher risk of premature death and several chronic diseases. Parents driving their children to school accounts for 20-30% of morning rush hour traffic. With over 20,000 kids residing in Redwood City, that is a lot of extra cars on our roads.
LEARN HOW TO RIDE SAFELY
Riding the bus with a group of friends helps children become more responsible, gain independence, and reduces traffic and congestion on city streets. Many resources are available to teach children how to walk safely as they develop, but only parents and caregivers can determine when a child is ready to go independently. Remember to assess risks based on your child's ability and skill level. Finding friends and neighbors for your student to walk with and considering coordinating with other parents to organize walking groups to the bus stops is recommended.
CROSSWALK SAFETY & SMARTS
All pedestrians must use crosswalks. Be your child’s best example - adults should use crosswalks at all times, too!
Be alert. Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street.
Try to use crosswalks located at stoplights or all way stop-signs when possible. Additional caution should be used at two-way or uncontrolled intersections.
Make eye contact with drivers before entering a crosswalk.
Avoid texting or using phones when using the crosswalk.
Do not walk with earbuds.
Stand away from a crosswalk entrance if you do not intend to cross so that drivers will understand your intentions.
When there is a lot of traffic, wait and bunch up with other pedestrians and cross quickly, rather than have a constant trickle of pedestrians.
HOW TO FIND A BUS STOP
Bus stop locations can be found in Google Maps among other applications. Click the links by school to see which SamTrans bus routes serve your community. Find a safe walking path to the bus stop in your neighborhood by seeking controlled intersections with continuous sidewalks and stop lights or all-way stop signs and consider walking with your child to the bus stop.
Regional bus services offer a great way for students to commute to and from school. Refer to the route maps and timetables below to find which bus is best for you.