Parents for Safe Routes is committed to getting kids to and from school safely. Our goal is to give every child the option to bike or walk safely in their community. We also support carpooling and busing to reduce the number of cars on the road. We envision a community in which every child feels confident and safe while biking or walking to and from school.
We’re working with local schools, municipal leaders and community members to build a strategic partnership that is focused on improving the culture of transportation in our community. Our approach, using the Safe Routes to School 7 E Pyramid, surrounded by our community partners, is illustrated below. As shown, Engineering must serve a foundational role, followed by Education and Enforcement and lastly, Encouragement. Engagement, Evaluation and Equity must be addressed throughout. Parents for Safe Routes sees ourselves leading and/or supporting all of these efforts.
In 2015, our Founder and Chair, Jen Wolosin, became increasingly frustrated with a street near her house and how the dangerous design of the road prevented her children from walking or biking the 0.8 miles to school. She started sending emails, attending city council meetings, talking to parents, and having coffee with anyone who would engage with her. It soon became clear that the problems and roadblocks Jen had witnessed and experienced were not unique to her neighborhood. In January 2017, Jen launched Menlo Park-based Parents for Safe Routes, with the goal of city-wide safety for all. In six short months, Parents for Safe Routes grew to have over 300 supporters, and is just getting started!
From successfully lobbying the Menlo Park City Council to create a citywide Safe Routes to School program, to ensuring initiation of the Oak Grove Bike Pilot, Parents for Safe Routes is having a tremendous impact on our community. To learn more, check out our news section.
Jen Wolosin, Chair
Lydia Lee, Vice Chair and Parent Coordinator (MPCSD - Hillview)
Katie Behroozi, Parent Coordinator (MPCSD - Oak Knoll)
Ruchi Murlidhar, Parent Coordinator (MPCSD - Laurel)
Marijane Leonard, Parent Coordinator (MPCSD - Encinal)
Linda Barman, Parent Coordinator (LLESD - Las Lomitas)
Hilary Stevenson, Parent Coordinator (LLESD - La Entrada)
Our leadership team also includes Angela Evans, Witney McKiernan, Cheryl Cho-Phan and Ueyn Block.
Please contact us if you are interested in serving on our leadership team, especially as a Parent Coordinator at a Menlo Park area school not represented above.