Safe Routes to School

Approximately ten years ago, at the request of concerned parents, the City of National City partnered with the National School District, Sweetwater Union High School District, school principals, parents, volunteers and Community organizations to create a Safe Routes to School Program Task Force.  The initial goal of the Task Force was to identify barriers between school zones and feeder neighborhoods that precluded many children from walking to school.  These meetings provided direction for City engineers and planners to collect data, perform site evaluations and develop projects to create safe walking corridors.  Also through participation on the Task Force, the National City Police Department was able to identify high priority locations for school zone traffic enforcement. Through these longstanding partnerships, the City of National City has been successful in receiving approximately $4 million in competitive grant funding over the past five years to provide much needed safety enhancements for children walking to school. Types of safety enhancements include in-roadway warning lights at crosswalks, flashing beacons, radar speed feedback signs, traffic calming bulb-outs and pedestrian refuge islands at school crosswalks, new sidewalks and ADA curb ramps, and enhanced school zone signing and striping.