Pedestrian and Bicyclist and Safe Routes to School Programs: Call for Projects

 

Pedestrian and Bicyclist Program

Safe Routes to School Program

Program purpose

- Eliminate pedestrian and bicyclist fatal and serious injury traffic crashes.

- Increase the availability of connected, low traffic stress, pedestrian and bicyclist facilities for all ages and abilities.

- Increase the number of people that choose to walk and bike for transportation.

- Eliminate all traffic crashes involving children walking or biking to school.

- Build connected networks of pedestrian and bicyclist facilities for children within two miles of a school (based on road distance).

- Increase the number of children who can, and, do walk or bike to school safely.

Expected funding amount

$18,380,000

$19,150,000

Funding source

State

Federal and State

New Applications Due Date for Tribal Projects

September 4, 2020

September 4, 2020

Eligible project types

1) Pedestrian/bicyclist safety and/or mobility infrastructure improvements (may include preliminary engineering).

2) Project Development/Design-Only projects that will result in a ready to construct pedestrian or bicyclist improvement project (may include community outreach, and tactical urbanism).

1) Infrastructure improvements within two miles of a school (may include education and/or encouragement activities).

2) Education/Encouragement Only projects.

Projects are to serve children kindergarten to 12th grade.

Eligible Applicants

All public agencies in Washington, including tribal governments (lead agency must be the owner/operator of the transportation facilities where improvements are focused)

All public agencies in Washington (including tribal governments), and nonprofit entities responsible for the administration of  transportation safety education and encouragement programs

Website

Pedestrian and Bicycle Program

Safe Routes to School Program

Contacts

Brian Wood, Active Transportation Program Specialist, 360-705-7385, woodb@wsdot.wa.gov or WSDOT Region Active Transportation Coordinators or WSDOT Region Local Programs Engineers

Charlotte Claybrooke, Active Transportation Program Manager, 360-705-7302, charlotte.claybrooke@wsdot.wa.gov or WSDOT Region Active Transportation Coordinators or Local Region Local Programs Engineers

Extended Due Date for Tribal Governments and Their Partners

Recognizing the extraordinary conditions created by COVID-19 and the fact that tribal governments were shut down during the Pedestrian and Bicyclist Program and Safe Routes to School call for projects time frame, WSDOT is extending the window of time for applications that would serve tribal needs.  .

Match

There is no match requirement but preference will be given to projects with a cash or in-kind match (see review criteria below for details).

Funding

Funds will be available for the 2021-2023 biennium beginning July 2021. 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 the 2021-23 state legislative session to appropriate funding for the programs.

Overview Webinar

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020 the WSDOT Active Transportation Division conducted a Webinar regarding the Pedestrian and Bicyclist Program (PBP) and Safe Routes To School (SRTS) Call for Projects. Here is a link to the recorded version of the webinar and a Summary Questions and Answers Report (pdf 67 kb).  The following additional information is intended to clarify/correct some of the responses provided during the webinar: 

  1. Federal law requires all federally funded projects be included in the STIP.  State funded projects that are deemed regionally significant by the MPO/RTPO/County lead agency, must be included in the STIP.
  2. Local agencies with projects selected for funding will be responsible for including the project in the STIP prior to the obligation of funding.
  3. This call for projects is intended to develop two lists of projects for the 2021-2023 biennium. Projects selected for funding are expected to begin work in the first year of the biennium and will be held to the schedules provided in the applications.
  4. WSDOT crash data from 2015-2019 will be reviewed for each application location as part of the prioritization process.

Applications

The application is available on-line in Survey Monkey. The same survey is being used for both programs. Applicants that choose to submit requests for multiple projects must complete a separate application survey for each project proposed. Due to the nature of Survey Monkey please consider using this Word document (docx 29.6 kb) to prepare question responses before answering them in Survey Monkey.  Survey Monkey will not keep answers to unfinished applications if the survey is closed before it is complete. In addition to the application survey, prepare and submit the following items as email attachments:

  • Detailed project cost estimate – All applications must include a detailed project cost estimate. The cost estimate for infrastructure/construction projects must be determined assuming that the project is design-bid-build and not constructed by the workforce of the applicant agency or a partner jurisdiction. A professional engineer must e-sign infrastructure/construction project estimates.
  • Plan sheets and project cross section – For PBP or SRTS construction/infrastructure type projects design details shown in plan view (overhead view), as well as existing and proposed cross sections are required. (see the Example Plan Sheets and Cross Section Document (pdf 278 kb) for examples and descriptions).

Submit application in Survey Monkey. Word or other format versions of the application will not be accepted. Send required attachments by e-mail to ATDgrants@wsdot.wa.gov. All application materials for tribal governments and their partners must be received no later than midnight on September 4, 2020 for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and the Safe Routes to School Program. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Only the Survey Monkey application, the detailed project cost estimate, the project plan sheets and cross sections will be accepted for review. Do NOT send other documents; they will not be reviewed or considered in the evaluation process.

Exception to the additional documents rule: Infrastructure projects that involve roads owned/managed by multiple jurisdictions must include an email from each of the other jurisdictions confirming concurrence with the project. Projects on state routes shall be coordinated through the appropriate WSDOT regional office. Contact your area’s Region Local Programs Engineer to start this process.

Program Requirements

Projects must address the program purpose and be consistent with the program guidance and standards presented in the references below. Agencies that are awarded funding must:

  • Report quarterly on the status of the project;
  • Comply with funding source (state or federal) requirements;
  • Comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA);
  • Include the project in the local Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)*

* If receiving federal funding from any source, the project must also be included in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Approved Guidance and Standards References

 

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 (example, NCHRP) 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.

Other reference documents to determine an improvement’s potential effectiveness include the FHWA Crash Modification Factors Clearinghouse and the Washington State Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2019, Pedestrian and Bicyclist Chapter

Project Titles

The project title should be no more than 255 characters. It will be utilized throughout the life of the project. Examples include:

  • Johnson Rd and H, J, L, and M Streets Sidewalks and Curb Extension SRTS Project
  • Smith Rd. & Johnson Rd. Roundabout PBP Project
  • 10th St. and Central Ave. Project Development/Design PBP Project

 

Inappropriate Uses of Funding

  • Recurring costs such as salary for a walking school bus leader;
  • Pavement resurfacing or pavement preservation (unless part of a road diet/reconfiguration);
  • Widening and/or adding travel lanes or other motor vehicle related improvements that could negatively affect pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility;
  • School bus safety projects or improvements to school bus stops;
  • Portable enforcement equipment;
  • Gifts or stipends.

 

Application Review Process

These are competitive application programs. This review process and the criteria below describe how projects will be prioritized for funding recommendations. WSDOT staff will conduct a quantitative assessment of the applications using the applicant’s responses, WSDOT 2017-2019 crash data, census data, school data and WSDOT local project search data. Grant review committee members will evaluate the applications and make recommendations. WSDOT staff will conduct electronic or on-site project review meetings with the highest-ranking applicants and for applications that propose pedestrian and bicyclist safety improvements at fatal and serious injury collision locations. These meetings will address reviewer comments and may include practical solutions considerations. The final prioritized list of projects will be submitted to the Governor’s office and the legislature by December 1, 2020. The legislature and Governor will make the final decisions on program funding and grant awards during the 2021 Legislative session.

Review Criteria

Safety – Up to 40% of Consideration

  • A Local Roads Safety Plan project (location and project treatments listed in plan).
  • Project improvement proposed for roads with higher level of traffic stress (defined as roads over 25mph, roads with ≥1500 average annual daily traffic (AADT) and/or greater than three motor vehicle lanes) Note: Should changes to traffic volumes due to COVID-19 prevent the collection of traffic counts use older data or make an estimate.
  • Speed management improvement where speeding or a need to lower posted speed is indicated.
  • The severity and number of pedestrian or bicyclist traffic crash(es), within the last five years 2015-2019, at the project location.

 

Equity - Up to 16% of Consideration

  • Project in census tract with higher than state average population for:
    • People of color;
    • People with a Hispanic heritage;
    • Household incomes at or below 200% of federal poverty level;
    • People with disabilities.

 

Deliverability/Other – Up to 12% of Consideration

  • Match;
  • Project is in local or regional transportation plan;
  • Project is in Regional Human Services Transportation Plan or transit agency plan;
  • Applicant has an ADA transition plan or ADA Compliance planning for public right-of-way;
  • An adopted Complete Streets ordinance;
  • A Bicycle Friendly community ranking;
  • An adopted greenhouse gas emissions policy;
  • Project is in the applicant’s resiliency plan;
  • Note: Applicants that received a PBP or SRTS project awarded in 2019 and needed a scope change(s) or time extension(s) will receive lower consideration for deliverability.

 

Value - Up to 14% of Consideration

  • Total funds requested for project compared to population density (as measured for census blocks adjacent to the project location);
  • Density of businesses, public services (such as schools, parks and libraries), modal connections (bus, ferry, train, etc.) or trail connections adjacent to location.

 

Project Quality - Up to 18% of Consideration

  • For PBP or SRTS Infrastructure Projects
    • Treatment(s) effectiveness (Based on Crash Modification Factors and other research findings);
    • Quality of proposed budget (will consider percent of budget item costs specific to active transportation treatments).
  • For PBP Project Development/Design-Only Projects
    • Proposed community engagement events;
    • The percent of proposed preliminary engineering that will be completed by the project (up to 90%);
    • The extent to which the resulting project will be ready to construct;
    • Quality of proposed budget.
  • For SRTS Education/Encouragement only Projects
    • The potential number of children reached;
    • Quality and detail provided in the proposed budget.

 

Award announcements: expected in June 2021.

Glossary

Speed Management – The use of engineering, traffic control and road design to induce drivers to travel at target speeds. This often includes treatments to lower motorist speeds along linear road segments or during turning movements at intersections where pedestrians and bicyclists are expected.

Level of Traffic Stress – A measure of the relative level of comfort or stress associated with motor vehicle traffic that a typical walker or bicyclist is likely to experience. Roadways are assigned a score based on roadway characteristics including posted speed, the number of vehicles using the road, the number of vehicle travel lanes and the presence of dedicated modal facilities like bike lanes. It is typically presented on a scale of 1 to 4.

Complete Streets - An approach that integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks to ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balancing the needs of different modes, and supporting local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.

Temporary Project Development Treatments/Reconfigurations (Tactical Urbanism) – Temporary improvements intended to determine the operational effectiveness of potential permanent treatments as part of a project development process. They may include the use of temporary paint, removable signs, curbs and/or other physical barriers such as planters. They offer a quick way to test potential solutions to planning/project development challenges and to build local resident support.