Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School Team

The Kentfield School District encourages all families to actively participate in our nationally-recognized KSD Safe Routes to School program, a neighborhood-focused initiative to advocate green travel alternatives and address traffic safety at our schools. The goal of the program is to offer students safer and greener alternatives to get to and from school.

The team of Neighborhood Captains will provide you suggested safe route maps, schedules for walking and cycling to school, and carpooling options all customized by neighborhood. They will also advocate for traffic safety concerns on behalf of the families in your neighborhood.

Please consider walking or biking with your children to school. This will reduce traffic congestion around our schools, allow you to spend quality time with your children, and give them some healthful exercise before school. Children arrive at school alert and ready to learn. Our KSD Safe Routes to School program provides suggested safe walking and biking route plans and has organized walking and biking groups for every neighborhood in our district.

Remember to Walk & Roll on Wednesdays!

Kent Carpool Information

Find a Carpool – Save Time – Reduce Traffic

Kent families, if you live too far to walk or bike to school, please consider carpooling. Forty-two percent of Kent students arrive daily in a single-family vehicle.

Safe Routes to School and the Kent Eco-Action club have designed a carpool campaign to help link families who would like to carpool. It's easy. Enter your contact information in the link below:

In two weeks, you will get an email from Safe Routes to Schools. It will include a link to a google map indicating the locations of other families who would like to carpool to or from Kent. The map will include parent contact information.  Spending a few minutes organizing now may save you time every week for the rest of the school year. 

Questions? Please contact Lou Goodwin at lou@marinbike.org.

Driver Update: New Parking Restrictions on Acacia

There are some exciting new parking restrictions that should make Acacia Avenue safer for our kids walking to school and help relief the traffic congestion on this narrow street/alley.

Please make yourselves familiar with the new rules and spread the word to your friends and neighbors!
The new parking restrictions apply along the length of Acacia Avenue:

  • From McAllister Avenue to Rosebank Avenue on the northern side (closest to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard) is no parking 7:30-8:30 a.m. on School Days.
  • From McAllister to Lilac on the southerly side (Mt. Tam side) is no parking 7:30-8:30 a.m. on School Days.

Existing parking restrictions on the map are in red and the new parking restrictions are in blue.

New Parking Restrictions Sign
New Parking Restrictions Map

Upcoming Walk & Roll 2019-2020 Dates

Walk and Roll Wednesdays
September 11
Bacich Green Sneaker Challenge: Bring your backpack card for stamping!
September 18
Bacich Green Sneaker Challenge: Bring your backpack card for stamping!
September 25
Bacich Green Sneaker Challenge: Bring your backpack card for stamping!
October 2
International Walk & Roll to School Day! Bacich Green Sneaker Challenge – Final Week. Bring your backpack cards for a raffle prize drawing.
October 16 October 23 October 30
November 6 November 13 November 20
December 4 December 11 December 18
January 8 January 15 January 22 January 29
February 5 February 12 February 19 February 26
March 4 March 11 March 18 March 25
April 1 April 15 April 22 April 29
May 6 May 13 May 20 May 27
June 3 June 10

School Maps

The following maps show walking & biking options, park & walk options, carpool spots, and carline/parking maps for both Bacich and Kent:

Public Bus Option for Kent Students

  • The Marin Transit Bus 29 has a route designed perfectly for our kids. The bus picks up on SFD and Eliseo at 8:12 a.m. and drops off at College of Marin at 8:17 a.m. It's a short walk to the crosswalk and then to Kent. It costs $1 per child.

Neighborhood Zones

Please refer to this map to determine your school district neighborhood. Neighborhood Captains provide suggested safe route maps, schedules for walking and cycling to school, and carpooling options all customized by neighborhood. The Captains also advocate for traffic safety concerns on behalf of the families in your neighborhood.

Neighborhood Captains

Greenbrae Neighborhood Route Map
Silvia Reyes, suzzienicoll@gmail.com
Rob Tulipani, rob.tulipani@gmail.com

Berens Neighborhood Route Map

Bree Eaton, bree_eaton@yahoo.com

Laurel Grove Neighborhood Route Map

Amy Luisetti, amyluisetti@gmail.com
Lindsay Wilson, lindsaywilson@me.com

Kent Woodlands Neighborhood Route Map
Elizabeth Estes, estesatsf@yahoo.com
Teola Partain, teolayoung@gmail.com
Sara Barker, sararosebarker@gmail.com
Geoff Callan, geoff@yahoo.com

Murray Park Neighborhood Route Map
Amita Puri, amita_puri@hotmail.com

SFD Firehouse Neighborhood Route Map

Zack Macdonald, zack_macdonald@hotmail.com

Program Letters of Support from Marin County Supervisor Kate Rice, California Highway Patrol, and Marin County Safe Routes to School

Walking and Rolling to School Safety Tips

Driving to School Safety Tips

If you choose to drive your children to school, please keep the following 5 Traffic Safety Tips in mind:

  1. Expect the unexpected. Children can dart out unexpectedly. Follow the speed limit, yield to crossing guards and be vigilant.
  2. Drive slowly and carefully. Do not block sidewalks or driveways, and stop at all crosswalks. Be sure to look right before you turn right to ensure that a child is not crossing the street.
  3. Don't text or talk on your phone while driving.
  4. Budget extra travel time. School areas are congested, so allow for more time to get where you are going. The extra time will help avoid bouts of road rage and accidents.
  5. Be a good role model. Help your children learn and practice the safety rules for walking, biking, or driving. Always buckle up in the car, wear a helmet when biking, and follow pedestrian safety rules.

We look forward to a safe and healthy school year and hope you will consider a "green travel" alternative (walking, biking, or carpooling) for transporting your child to school. By doing so, you will contribute to the health and safety of the entire school community as well as your own child(ren).

If you have any questions about the KSD Safe Routes to School Program, contact one of our Neighborhood Captains.