Getting Ready for School

Leading the Way

Palo Alto has been at the forefront of bicycle and pedestrian planning since the early 1980s, when the City developed the nation’s first bicycle boulevard on Bryant Street.

Combined with a lively and historic downtown, and great connections to Stanford University and regional transit, the city attracts commuters, students, and visitors alike to bicycle or walk at much higher rates than other South Bay communities.

Palo Alto is building upon this history and demand for bicycling and walking to solidify its status as one of the most bicycle-friendly communities in California, if not the country.

Since 2003, Palo Alto has been a Gold-Level Bicycle Friendly Community. For more detail, see Palo Alto Pedals to Gold Level Status below. 

Families: Want to Walk or Bike to School?

Palo Alto is home to one of the nation’s leading Safe Routes to School programs. An impressive average of 50% of Palo Alto’s public high school students commute to school on bicycle in part due to the past efforts to provide bicycle-friendly infrastructure within the community. 

Check out our Safe Routes to School website to learn more or get involved.

Click here for Walk and Roll Suggested Route Maps. Please consider practicing riding to and from school with your student before the First Day of School.

HELMETS, it’s the law!

According to California law, anyone under age 18 must wear a bicycle helmet if using the following modes of transportation: bicycle, non-motorized scooter, skateboard, inline/roller skates or as a passenger. 

Not wearing a helmet can result in a traffic citation plus traffic class attendance with a parent.

How to make sure that your helmet fits properly.

Protect Your Bike: Register with Bike Index

Bike Index is a free national database that has reunited over 5,500 stolen bikes with their owners. Many law enforcement agencies, including the Palo Alto Police Department, use Bike Index.

Follow our guide on registering your bike or visit to register.

This post is a compilation/copy of information from The KIDS BIKE SIZES CHART is from