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Safe Routes to School


Bike to School Day is May 6th!

May 6, 2015 is Bike to School Day in Washington and across the country. Bicycling is a fun and healthy way for students to travel to and from school. Bike to School Day events and activities encourage students (and parents) to learn more about bicycle safety and experience the benefits of bicycling. For more information please visit the National Bike to School Day website.

Bike to School Day Events and Activities

Schools across Washington State participate in Bike to School Day in a variety of ways. Examples of events include organizing bike trains, bicycle rodeos, assemblies, classroom activities, among others. Bike to School Day is a great opportunity to teach and encourage student bicycle safety. For additional information about organizing events and activities for Bike to School Day, go to

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