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Safe Routes to School

Program Purpose
Increase the number of children walking and biking to school safely.  

The WSDOT Safe Routes to School program provides technical assistance and funding to public agencies to improve conditions for and encourage children to walk and bike to school.  Since its inception in 2005, the program  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.

Services for Developing Safe Routes

    Technical assistance for project planning and development is available to public agencies including cities, counties, tribes, schools and school districts.  For more information contact the WSDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Charlotte Claybrooke, 360-705-7302. 

Funding for Safe Routes Projects

    Funding for the Safe Routes to School Program is administered through a competitive application process. The next call for projects is being planned for 2018. Criteria used to prioritize applications for funding is designed to prioritize projects for funding based on need, project potential, deliverability and value.