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Safe Routes to School

Washington's Safe Routes to School program provides technical assistance and funding to cities, counties, schools, school districts and state agencies for improvements that get more children walking and bicycling to school safely, reduce congestion around schools, and improve air quality.

Since its inception in 2005, it has awarded funds for projects targeting 291 schools across the state.  To achieve these improvements, approximately $71 million has been awarded to 182 projects from over $242 million in requests.  The number of children biking and walking has increased by approximately 20 percent, with a measured increase in pedestrian and bicycle facilities and a reduction in motorist speeds.


Getting Results: Increasing Walking and Biking to School Safely

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SRTS Info-graphic 2014 Image

More Examples of Successful Projects

Click on the map below for a few highlights and pictures from this successful program. 

Safe Routes to School Examples of Successful Projects

 Safe Routes to School Examples of Successful Projects - map

Components of Safe Routes to School

There are three elements to Safe Routes to School -- engineering, education, and enforcement.

Services for Developing Safe Routes

    To assist cities, counties, schools and school districts with this program, the WSDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator is currently providing no-cost technical assistance to past, current and future funding recipients, applicants and interested communities. 

Funding for Safe Routes Projects

Other Funding

    2013 School Zone Flashing Beacon/Lighting Projects  (pdf 362kb)

    • Source - Washington Traffic Safety Commission
    • Funding to install flashing yellow beacon/lighting in designated and legally marked elementary school zones. Proposals must support the WTSC's primary goal of reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries that result from traffic crashes. This goal will be accomplished through reducing motor vehicle speeds in school zones.

Progress and Performance

Information for Families