You can help make it safe for kids to get to school by sustainable transportation

Ecology Action in partnership with Santa Cruz City Public Works Department and nationally renowned Transportation Planner, Alta Planning and Design are working to make routes to school safer for City of Santa Cruz students and families.

Two successful public forums helped kick off the effort last week.  At the forums, parents, school board members, and interested community members provided valuable input on areas of conflict around all 10 city K-12 school sites. To continue building dialogue and gathering important data, we will be hosting a series of Walk/Bike audits at City of Santa Cruz school sites. In order to ensure these Walk/Bike Audits include all concerns and routes we need participation from families who bike and walk to school.

Parents, students, neighbors, and community members led by City and Ecology Action staff will meet at specified school sites a half hour before school starts and walk out to areas of safety concern to observe driver, pedestrian and cyclist behavior. The group will then review large site maps to share observations and ideas. These audits typically take 1-1.5 hours. School audits scheduled for November are as follows:

  • Mission Hill Middle School: Wed. Nov. 6th, 7:30am
  • DeLaveaga Elementary: Wed. Nov. 13th, 7:45 am
  • Bay View Elementary: Friday. Nov. 15th, 7:45 am
  • Westlake Elementary: Tues. Nov. 19th, 7:45 am
  • Additional audits will be scheduled in January for Branciforte Small Schools, Branciforte Middle School, Harbor High and Santa Cruz High.

The information gathered from these audits will be included in a Complete Streets School Master Plan for Transportation Planning for all Santa Cruz City Schools. Preliminary findings will presented at PTA groups.   The final plan will be presented to Santa Cruz City Council and Santa Cruz City School District officials.

To register for an audit, please contact Jeanne LePage, Senior Program Specialist, Ecology Action at or at (831) 515-1344Please note that audits will be cancelled due to rain.

Please join this effort to help build safer routes to school for our kids.  If you cannot make one of the audits there is still an opportunity to share your thoughts. Find out more about the project and send in comments through our ONLINE FORM found at