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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More Examples of Successful Projects
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Safe Routes to School Examples of Successful Projects
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.
Progress and Performance
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