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About half of JLS students bike to school and many walk! If you live too far away to walk or bike, consider walking part-way from a nearby neighborhood to avoid traffic congestion on East Meadow Drive. 

Use the Safe Routes to School Walk and Roll map to select a good route and read the safety tips.  You may download the map here and printed copies are available in the JLS office.  Major student entry points for walking and biking include: 

  • Cowper Street
  • Mayview Ave 
  • Waverley Bike Path 
  • Bike path at corner of Nelson and Charleston (connects with Magical Bridge playground)

Find bike routes and parking locations in the map below (click on it for full size map with more info):

JLS Campus Bicycling Rules

Bike riding on campus is restricted to the bike lanes that runs parallel to Waverley Drive and the playing fields. Bikes may not be ridden anywhere else on campus, including campus sidewalks, walkways, hallways, lawns, eating areas, or parking lots between 7:00 a.m. and  5:00 p.m. while school is in session.

Lock your bike in one of the three bike cages. We recommend that students use metal U-shaped locks for the best security.  Cable locks are easy to cut and therefore are not deterrents to bike thieves. The cages are locked during school hours but remain unlocked after school and many students stay on campus for after-school activities.  

The school is not responsible for the theft of bikes. Thefts should be reported to the Palo Alto Police Department, 329-2413.  Having your bicycle registered will help track stolen/abandoned bikes back to you.  You may bring your bike to any Palo Alto Fire Station from 4-5 pm any day of the week for registration.

Rollerblades, Skateboards & Scooters

Rollerblades, skateboards, and scooters are not to be ridden on campus at any time when the school is in use. Students on rollerblades are to remove them immediately upon arrival, store them in their lockers and not put them on again until ready to leave campus. Students on skateboards or scooters must pick them up and carry them as soon as they are on school property.  The school is not responsible for the loss or theft of rollerblades, skateboards or scooters. Oversized skateboards and scooters can be stored in a locked bin outside the attendance office.

Wear a helmet when you ride a skateboard or scooter on public streets or sidewalks.  It’s the law.  

Tips on proper helmet fit.