Walk to School Day is October 7th!
October 7, 2015 is Walk to School Day in Washington and across the country. Walking is a great way for students to travel to and from school. Walk to School Day events and activities encourage students (and parents) to learn more about pedestrian safety and to experience the benefits of walking to school.
Schools participate in Walk to School Day in a variety of ways. Examples of events include organizing walking school buses, walk challenges and pedestrian safety classes.
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.