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Safe Routes to School

Washington State Student Travel Survey Report (726kb) A report about how children in Washington State travel to school and possible barriers to walking, biking, and riding the school bus.

School Walk Route Plan Inventory Survey, 2015 Report (1.19mb) The survey tracks the number of school districts with walk route plans available, and seeks to understand whether school districts have shared available school walk route plans with their respective local agencies.


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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SRTS Info-graphic 2014 Image

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