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Getting to School

public transit options 

AC Transit

Students can use AC Transit to get to many of our school sites. Please see our AC Transit page for more information.

Alameda Loop Shuttle

Students may also find the Loop Shuttle a helpful way to get around the island. The free shuttle that runs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and provides access to major shopping destinations and medical facilities in Alameda. 

Route Maps & Schedule are available.

Bike kids at Franklin
Introduction

Although AUSD does not provide transportation for its general education students, Alameda is a relatively small town, geographically, and our district is primarily made up of neighborhood schools. For many families, that means that biking and walking to school is relatively easy, especially if you follow the recommended safety protocols.  

 

Why bike or walk to school?  According to the National Center for Safe Routes to School, biking or walking to school:

 

  • Helps children build independence
  • Contributes to the recommended one hour of physical activity per day children need   
  • Helps children build life-long healthy habits
  • Reduces emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases
  • Alleviates traffic congestion near schools and on city streets
  • Builds community
  • Contributes to safer streets as motorists get used to seeing more pedestrians and cyclists
  • Cuts transportation costs for families and infrastructure costs for cities
Biking & Walking Safety Tips

Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools publishes maps of recommended routes for bicyclists and pedestrians. Those maps are available on our Safe Routes page.  In addition, we recommend: 

Go Safely California: "Pedestrian and Bike Safety"

Safe Routes to Schools: "Let's Get to School Safely! (PDF)"

Principal with students on a bike/walk day

City's "street safety for ausd schools plan"

As part of its Vision Zero plan, the City of Alameda released a 50-page "Street Safety Near AUSD Schools" plan in October 2021. The plan documents work that has been completed, planned, or proposed near AUSD school sites, including school street safety assessments, plans for drop-off and pick-up, pedestrian and bicyclist safety education, and traffic enforcement near schools. The full document is here.