The City of Santa Clarita considers pedestrian and bicyclist safety to be very important. Studies have shown that school-age pedestrians and bicyclists are the group at greatest risk of pedestrian-related accidents on City streets. In order to minimize that risk, the City has prepared a set of guidelines to help educate elementary school children on how to reach school as safely as possible.
In 1993, the City of Santa Clarita, in cooperation with four school districts serving the community, established a Citywide "Suggested Route to School" plan for 21 public elementary and three junior high schools in the City. Additional schools were added to the plan as new schools opened when the City annexed new areas. The main purpose of the plan is to develop simple maps indicating suggested routes to school in a simple, easy-to-follow format that can be used by parents, teachers, and students.
The intent of the plan is to help educate school-age children about how to reach school as safely as possible and minimize their safety risk.
The plan is also used as a tool for the City to help identify where students may be concentrated, enabling the City to prioritize the limited resources available for roadway and pedestrian improvements.
The "Suggested Route to School" maps take into account physical barriers, such as railway lines and high-volume major streets.
The maps are also designed to take advantage of low-volume residential streets, stop signs, traffic signals, adult school crossing guards, pedestrian bridges and existing sidewalks.
These maps are updated every year to reflect changes in the roadways and school boundaries.
Every year, commencing with the new school year, the City sends these maps to schools for distribution to students and their guardians. You may obtain a copy of the "Suggested Route to School" map from your child's school or school district office or by clicking here.
WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT BICYCLE RULES?
When riding bicycles on City streets, bicyclists should keep the following in mind:
- Keep your bicycle in good mechanical condition (tires, chain, brakes).
- Obey all traffic rules and signs, and always give proper hand signals.
- Walk your bike across busy intersections by using the push button to activate the pedestrian signal.
- Always ride with the traffic as close as possible to the right side of the road.
- Be sure the roadway is clear before entering.
- Always ride single-file and watch for opening car doors.
- Most bicycles are built to carry one person, YOU! And you alone.
- If you must ride your bike at night, be sure your headlight and reflectors are in good condition.
- Select the safest route to your destination and use it. Avoid busy intersections.
- Yield right-of-way to pedestrians.
- Always wear a bicycle helmet.
SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN
When walking on City streets, pedestrians should keep the following in mind:
- Look in all directions for cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, and mopeds before crossing the street.
- Never cross the street from between parked cars because drivers cannot see you.
- Always stand on the curb, not in the street, while waiting to cross.
- Cross only at corners where drivers can see you.
- Always use a crosswalk when it is available, but remember that painted lines cannot force drivers to stop.
- Do not take rides from strangers.
- Use the push button whenever possible and cross with the "WALK" signal only.
- ?When crossing the street, watch for cars that are turning left or right.
WHEN USING CROSSWALKS WITH ADULT SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS
- Obey the directions of the crossing guard.
- Don't run across the street. Always walk.
- Be alert for traffic. Drivers sometimes fail to obey the crossing guard's stop sign.
- Don't ride bicycles or skateboards across the street. Walk with them.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, REQUESTS, OR SUGGESTIONS CONCERNING TRAFFIC SAFETY MATTERS, PLEASE CONTACT THE TRAFFIC ENGINEERING DIVISION AT (661) 255-4942