International Walk to School (IWALK) Month is October Join the Feet First IWALK Challenge
Throughout the month of October, Walk to School events will celebrate efforts to increase physical activity, clean air, pedestrian safety, and connections between families, school and the broader community. Events typically begin with a group walk from children’s’ neighborhoods to their schools.
The Feet First IWALK Challenge is your invitation to participate in International Walk to School Month. During IWALK month, schools around the world inspire students to walk to school by hosting celebrations and campaigns. How about your school?
When you join the IWALK Challenge, you get a chance to win prizes and recognition for your school. This year’s prizes include:
• Shoes for a classroom! 30 pairs of Brooks athletic shoes for kids
• Skyline socks! 100 pairs of popular athletic socks featuring the Seattle Skyline
• A $250 classroom prize from the Washington State PTA
• $250 worth of PE equipment from USGames
After signing up, you will have help from Feet First to make IWALK easy and successful in your community. Any school in the State of Washington from pre-K to high school is welcome to join.
Washington is a leader in Safe Routes to School and many of the events are part of a Safe Routes to School Program or ongoing activities to promote walking and biking throughout the year. Help us advance toward our goal of 100 participating schools in 2014!
Learn more about Walk to School events in Washington, who is participating in your area, and register your schools event at Walk and Bike to School USA.
Safe Routes to School Program
Washington's Safe Routes to School program provides technical assistance and resources 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 reached 230 schools, making walking and biking conditions safer for about 100,000 children. To achieve these improvements, approximately $55 million has been awarded to 140 projects from over $216 million in requests. The number of children biking and walking has increased by over 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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More Examples of Successful Projects
Click on the map below for a few highlights and pictures from this successful program.
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
Funding for the Safe Routes to School Program is administered through a competitive application process. The criteria used to prioritize applications for funding is designed to address need and ensure a comprehensive approach.
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
Information for Families provides links to safety tips and ways parents can become involved in Safe Routes to School.