The health and safety of students and families is our priority. We recognize the critical relationship between student health and academic achievement. Students who feel safe and secure on their journey to school are more likely to arrive to school ready to learn.


However, there are major barriers to this activity. Traffic collisions are currently the leading cause of death for Angelenos between the ages of 5 and 14 years of age, and the second leading cause of death for those between the ages of 15 and 25. The Safe Routes to School initiative focuses on traffic safety efforts, with a goal of eliminating traffic deaths and encouraging more students to walk and bicycle to school.  Walking and biking to school can play a leading role in reversing health problems in children, calming traffic and reducing congestion in school zones, and improving air quality.


Through our strong partnership with the City of Los Angeles, formalized in the Safe Routes to School Action Plan, we will continue our collaborative efforts to improve safety around schools. In its pages, you will find many of the important initiatives we must accomplish to achieve our goals.


Working together, we are committed to creating safe school environments for learning, increased physical activity, and helping to contribute to contribute to an overall sense of community.


Michelle King
Los Angeles Unified School District