Safe School Traffic Program

  • The leading cause of death for children between the ages of 5 and 14 in Los Angeles County is traffic collisions.  In an effort to change this reality, the Los Angeles Unified School District, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, is working to improve the safe routes of travel to and from our schools. 

    Engaging our youth, parents/guardians and the greater school community is vital to ending traffic deaths and serious injuries. Through education and innovation, we can safeguard our pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and skateboarders.

    Click on each section below to explore information and resources on the Safe School Traffic Program:

OEHS has created Reference Guide, 4492.1, School Traffic Safety, to assist school administrators in requesting traffic surveys, speed limit signs, pavement markings, crossing guards or other assistance to resolve traffic safety issues.

OEHS provides pedestrian routes to school for each school located within the City of Los Angeles.  The map shows the recommended crossings to school. Pedestrian route maps should be distributed to the students and their parents and a copy posted in the main office.  To find the map for a school please visit the following page: https://achieve.lausd.net/Page/3990

The Safety Valet program is designed to help improve student safety and provide more fluid movement of vehicular traffic around schools during the morning drop off. A Valet directs drivers through a queue of traffic cones where volunteers assist students to safely exit the car. This eliminates the need for parents to exit their vehicles and for students to cross busy intersections.

To help schools interested in establishing a Safety Valet Program, we have prepared the following flyers that contain useful information parents, students and volunteers:

For additional information on the School Valet Program, please refer to Reference Guide No. 5496.1, Implementing a Safety Valet Program at Schools, or Safety Alert 11-04, Safety Valet Program . To order a Safety Valet Kit, CLICK HERE.

The following programs are conducted by the City of Los Angeles. To schedule an event or to contact the City of Los Angeles Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) Program contact ladot.saferoutes@lacity.org. More information and resources can be found by visiting the Safe Routes to School Website.

 

  • Traffic Safety City (Elementary Schools): Students learn safe pedestrian and bicycle behavior and rules of the road through an on-yard, life-size interactive simulated neighborhood. 
  • Walk/Drive Wise Program (4th and 5th Grades): SRTS in partnership with the Los Angeles Police Department host a school assembly to teach pedestrian safety, and encourage students to conduct the Pledge with family and friends.  LAPD host a celebration at 2nd visit when Pledges are collected from the students.

WALK TO SCHOOL DAY: This annual event in early October, brings school communities together to celebrate the fun and healthy benefits of walking, and spotlight the importance of traffic safety. To register to host a Walk to School Day at your school, please visit here, and contact your LAUSD Operations Coordinator.

Metro Transit offers training and resources to schools through various pedestrian and bicycle safety and skills training courses. For more information, contact the Metro Community Relations Department for more information at (213) 922-4050 or visit www.metro.net/ridesafely.

  • METRO Bicycle Resources: 
    • Bike 101 / Off-Bike Instruction (All Grades)
    • Bike Rodeos (4th and 5th Grades)
    • Bike Rides (Middle and High School)
    • Trainer-the-Trainer Class / Off-Bike Instruction (Teachers)
  • Transit Safety Education (All Grades): The Metro Transit Education Program provides transit education to the public and schools along the Metro Rail Lines (Blue, Gold and Red Lines).  It offers students the opportunity to ride the train and receive specific safety information, site specific presentations in the schools and a mobile theatre.  The goal of the Transit Education Program is to increase public awareness and teach residents of the Los Angeles County how to live safely around trains and buses.