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Call for Projects - Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and Safe Routes to School Program


Pedestrian and Bicycle Program

Safe Routes to School Program

Program purpose

Reduce pedestrian and bicycle collisions and increase the number of people who choose to walk and bike for transportation.

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

Expected funding amount



Funding source


Federal and State

Applications due

May 6, 2016

May 13, 2016

Eligible project types

1) Pedestrian/bicycle safety and/or mobility infrastructure improvements (may include PE); 2) Design only projects that will result in a ready to construct pedestrian or bicycle improvement project.

Infrastructure improvements within two miles of a school and/or local transportation safety programs (education and encouragement activities) serving children kindergarten to 12th grade that will improve safety and/or increase the number of children walking and biking to school.

Eligible Applicants

All public agencies in Washington

All public agencies in Washington, and nonprofit entities responsible for the administration of local transportation safety programs


Pedestrian and Bicycle Program

Safe Routes to School Program


Ed Spilker, Active Transportation Program Specialist, 360-705-7387, or Local Region Local Programs Engineers

Charlotte Claybrooke, Active Transportation Program Manager, 360-705-7302, or Local Region Local Programs Engineers


There is no match requirement but preference will be given to projects with match.


Funds are available for the 2017-2019 biennium beginning July 2017. These are not “cash-up-front” programs. Costs incurred prior to WSDOT project approval are not eligible for reimbursement. This call is in preparation for 2017-19 state legislative session to appropriate funding for the programs.

Overview Webinar- Recorded Version Available

A recorded version of the  Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and Safe Routes to School Call for Projects Webinar conducted in February 2016 is now available for viewing.  This webinar provides an overview of the application form, review eligible project elements and provide information about each program’s goals and evaluation criteria. The presentation slides from the webinar are also available for viewing:



There is one application form for both programs. Complete a separate application for each project. The application shall include the following to be considered:

  • A complete application form;
  • A detailed project cost estimate (infrastructure project estimates must be signed by a professional engineer);
  • Infrastructure projects must also include plan sheets and maps,  see the Example Plan Sheets and Maps Document (doc 2004kb) for more information:
    • Plan sheet(s) showing project design detail including a cross section, and a plan view;
    • For Safe Routes to School projects submit School Walk Route Map(s);
    • For Pedestrian and Bicycle Program projects submit a city land use zoning map.

Submit complete application on-line or by e-mail to with supporting documents (as pdf files) no later than midnight on the due dates indicated in the table above. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered. All properly submitted applications will be reviewed by WSDOT to ensure that they are complete and eligible for funding. Only those items requested will be considered in the application review.

Program Requirements

Projects must address the program purpose and be consistent with the programs standards and guidelines. Those projects on the state system must be coordinated with the appropriate WSDOT Region Office. Agencies that are awarded funding must be prepared to comply with the following requirements as part of their project:

  • Program recipients are required to report quarterly on the status of the project;
  • Program recipients shall comply with all necessary state or federal requirements;
  • Projects must be Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Proposed projects must be in the local Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) or in progress to be added to the TIP;
  • Program recipients are required to submit completed post project counts of walkers and bikers.

Standards and Guidelines

Projects must be consistent with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) “Guide for the Planning Design, and Operation of Pedestrian Facilities”, AASHTO “Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities”, “National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Bicycle Guide” and/or “NACTO Urban Street Guide”. Treatments specifically designed to improve the safety and mobility of bicyclists and pedestrians that are identified in other peer reviewed design guidance, from nationally recognized engineering studies or adopted standards will be considered. Proposed improvements must be included in the most current version of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, have interim approval or be accepted under experimental status. Information about the inclusion of specific pedestrian and bicycle treatments in national design manuals can be found in the Planning Facilitates Design Resource Index.  Guidance regarding potential project costs may be found in the Costs for Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure Improvements resource document.  

Example Infrastructure Project Elements

Example Pedestrian and Bicycle Project Development/Design-only Project

Elements “Design/Scoping Only” projects that are in preparation for future specific construction projects may include:

  • Pedestrian and bicycle documentation (counts);
  • Public engagement/pedestrian and bicycle public awareness;
  • Network planning/analysis;
  • Preliminary right of way (ROW) acquisition activities;
    • Title searches and review
    • ROW planning w/ROW staff and/or consultants
    • ROW plan preparation
    • ROW design development (determining ROW needs)
    • Public meetings/hearings
    • ROW estimates & schedules (scoping)
    • ROW project funding estimate/true cost estimate
    • Right of entry (testing, surveying, etc.)
  • Preliminary environmental analysis – pre SEPA/NEPA scoping;
  • Preliminary engineering (PE) design;
  • Interim low cost treatments/reconfigurations to test operation effectiveness as a part of the planning process.

Example Safe Routes to School Local Transportation Safety Program (education/encouragement activities)

  • Establishment of walking school buses or bicycle trains (recruitment of adult leaders, training and safety equipment);
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education.

Example Project Detail

Example 1 (Description) Install 1,650 linear feet of 6ft wide sidewalk, 3ft wide planter strip, curb, gutter and roadway reconfiguration (road diet), restripe to include bicycle lanes, maintain two 10ft wide travel lanes and 7ft wide side street parking: (Example city street location 1) Smith Rd. between H Street and M Street (Example county road location 2) Johnson Rd. #33445, MP 0.00-0.3125

Example 2 Description - Install curb-extensions, crosswalk signage and markings and implement a daily walking school bus at XYZ Elementary School. Location – at the intersections of Smith Rd and H, J, L, and M Streets

Example 3 Install round-about at Smith Rd. & Johnson Rd.

Inappropriate Uses of Funding

Re-occurring costs such as salary for a walking school bus leaders;

  • Pavement resurfacing, or pavement preservation;
  • Widening travel lanes or other motor vehicle related improvements that could negatively impact pedestrian and bicycle safety;
  • School bus safety projects or improvements to school bus stops;
  • Portable enforcement equipment;
  • Gifts.

Application Review Process

WSDOT staff will conduct an assessment, using the quantitative criteria, to tier the projects into groups. Grant review committee members will evaluate the proposals and make recommendations. See the review criteria below for information about project characteristics that will be used to rank the projects and how they will be weighted. WSDOT will conduct site visits, in coordination with the lead agencies, for the higher ranking projects and those that would address pedestrian and bicycle safety at fatal or serious collision locations. The site visits will include a practical solutions consultation which will look for ways to improve the projects and identify cost savings. A prioritized list of projects will be submitted to the Governor’s office and the legislature by December 1, 2016. The legislature will make the final decisions on program funding and grant awards during the 2017 Legislative session. Award announcements are expected in June 2017.

Review Criteria

Extent of project need – Up to 35% of ranking determination will be based on need. (35 points (pts) possible):

  • Safety
    • Locations with a known collision history (application comparison based on number and severity of collisions).
    • Locations with potentially high safety risks for pedestrians and bicyclists, where there are high pedestrian/bicycle volumes and unprotected conflict points, high vehicle speeds, and/or a lack of compliance with the rules of the road (application comparison based on existing conditions).
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Mobility, and Connectivity (application comparison based on existing conditions)
    • Where there is a gap in the bicycle/pedestrian network (including consideration for intersection crossings), a need for improved multi-modal transitions, and/or a lack of way-finding tools for which improvements would likely result in increased walking and biking.
    • Pedestrian/bicycle improvements with a higher potential to impact economic development by completing the network to better connect pedestrians/bicyclists to businesses, community resources, and/or job opportunities.
  • Health Equity (application comparison based on population served)
    • Pedestrian/bicycle improvements with a higher potential to impact community health, that serve populations at a higher risk for in-activity and/or poor health outcomes, including people living in poverty (as measured by census data or a higher than state average percent of school children eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals), minorities, the elderly, and/or people with disabilities.

Potential for the project to address the program purpose and project need -- Up to 35% of ranking determination will be based on this criteria:

  • Construction and/or local transportation safety projects – The potential for the project to improve safety and/or increase walking/biking by addressing the identified project need(s), (higher ranking projects will be those that include treatments shown to increase safety and/or reduce bicyclist/pedestrian and motor vehicle conflicts based on existing research);
  • Project Development/Design Only Projects (Pedestrian and Bicycle Program only) -- The extent to which the work will result in projects that are ready to construct and that will address the identified project need(s).

Cost of the project compared to the potential number of people that would be served or population density within 1 mile of the project location – Up to 10% of ranking determination will be based on this criteria.

Deliverability -- Up to 18% of ranking determination will be based on these criteria

  • Consistency with community plans
  • Community engagement used during the planning and/or project development of this proposal, including outreach to those target populations identified in the project need section
  • Applicant history of successful past projects
  • Quality of proposed schedule and budget
  • Match

Other Considerations – Up to 2% of ranking determination will be based on these criteria

  • ADA transition plan or ADA Compliance planning for public right-of-way
  • Adopted greenhouse gas emissions policy (RCW 70.235.070)

Collision Statistics

City and county pedestrian and bicycle collision data is available to identify need, prioritize project locations in the community and/or better understand the need for safety improvements at a predetermined location. Use the WSDOT Collision Data Request Form to get this information. It is quick and easy but you should submit your request by mid-April to prevent delays. You will receive an excel spreadsheet and a pdf map of pedestrian and bicycle collisions for your city or county. This information will help you to complete your application(s). A quick but limited analysis of collision locations can be done using the WA State Crash Data Portal.

Number of People/Children Walking and Biking

Applicants are responsible for providing this information and a summary of the method and time of data collection. The data should be no more than four years old. For some locations data may be available through the Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Portal, or for Safe Routes to School Projects from the 2014 Washington State Student Travel Survey results. Potential data collection tools include the Safe Routes to School Student Tally Form and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Instructions and Form. More information about pedestrian and bicycle data collection can be found on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center Counts Page.

Population Demographics and Poverty Data

For the Safe Routes to School Program, student demographics and the percent of children eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals for the target school are available for each school in the OSPI State Report Card searchable website.

For the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program, population demographics and the percent of population with household incomes below the federal poverty level for the census block group where the project is located are available through WSDOT’s Local Planning and Community Accessibility Application.

  1. Once the application launches, zoom to the project location in the map.
  2. On the left hand menu of data, select “Poverty” or “Minority”, etc.
  3. Click on the project location in the map. A pop-up window will open with data. Note: If the project falls within multiple block groups, enter the data for the block group with the greatest percentage of poverty.