Only a third of Menlo Park school district kids get to school in a single family car

A new survey of families in the Menlo Park school district shows that only a third of kids get to school in a single family car.   About a third of kids bike to school, ten percent walk, nine percent take transit, and nine percent carpool.

What would help even more kids walk or bike to school? The answer is part infrastructure and part motivation.

According to the survey, lack of sidewalks, speeding traffic and not enough crossing guards are the biggest reasons parents don’t let their kids walk or bike more.

About 15-20 percent of parents would let their kids bike or walk more if the kids asked to in order to improve their health, help the environment, or earn prizes.

Kathy Shrenk, the new Safe Routes to School Coordinator for the Menlo Park School District, lead the creation of the survey. She will be presenting results of the survey to the School Board on March 12, to build more support for investments in infrastructure and programs to help families make healthier, greener school commutes.

If you’d like to get email updates on Menlo Park’s Safe Routes to School efforts, send an email to kschrenk@mpcsd.org to get on the list.

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