Slow for Students
Slow for Students aims to create a safer environment around schools for students by promoting safe driving near schools and reducing speed limits. In doing so, and have a healthier lifestyle.
Slow for Students is an extension of the Safe Streets San Mateo effort.
Help promote safety near schools by sharing or posting the Slow for Students materials provided at the bottom of this page or sharing our social posts (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor) on your own social channels. Enter #SlowforStudents in your social search engines, and like and share to let your family and friends know you support Slow for Students.
Any resident can get involved by reducing speeds when driving near schools and being aware of pedestrians and bicyclists while driving.
Public Works Department
Reduced Speed Limits Near Schools
To ensure a safe environment for students, speed limits around schools are being lowered to 15 and 25 miles per hour (mph). Qualifying streets within 500 feet of the school will have a 15 mph speed limit and streets within 500-1000 feet from a school will have a 25 mph speed limit.
The Public Works Department is rolling out new speed limit signs in three phases. Notifications with construction information will be sent to schools and residents near schools at the beginning of each phase.
Phase 1 - Public Elementary and Middle Schools (completed)
Phase 2 - Private Elementary and Middle Schools (in design)
Phase 3 - High Schools (in design)
Construction Information - Phase 1 Schools
Installation of new speed limit signs is now underway for schools included in Phase 1. The work is anticipated to be complete in Fall 2023 before the new school year. Vehicles must abide by the reduced speed limit when children are present.
Click the map on the right see where speed limits are being lowered for Phase 1 and what the new speed limit will be.
Schools included in Phase 1 are listed below:
- Abbott Middle School
- Bayside Academy
- Beresford Elementary School
- Borel Middle School
- College Park Elementary School
- Fiesta Gardens International Elementary
- George Hall Elementary School
- Laurel Elementary School
- LEAD Elementary School
- North Shoreview Montessori School
- Parkside Elementary School
- San Mateo Park Elementary School
Phase 2 and 3 Schools
|Phase 2 - Private Elementary and Middle Schools||Phase 3 - High Schools|
|Centennial Montessori School||Hillsdale High School|
|The Carey School||Junipero Serra High School|
|Shiloh United School||San Mateo High School|
|St. Gregory Elementary School|
|St. Matthew Catholic School|
|St. Timothy School|
- What is Slow for Students?
- How do I get a Slow for Students yard sign?
- What were the criteria for streets to be selected for new reduced speed limits?
- There's a street I'm concerned about which is not getting a reduced speed limit. What can I do?
- When will reduced speed limit signs be installed at San Mateo’s high schools?
- When will reduced speed limit signs be installed at San Mateo’s private schools?