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



Pedestrian and Bicyclist Program

Safe Routes to School Program

Program purpose

Reduce collisions with pedestrian and bicyclist 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 11, 2018

April 27, 2018

Eligible project types

1) Pedestrian/bicyclist 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 (including tribal governments)

All public agencies in Washington (including tribal governments), 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  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 2019-2021 biennium beginning July 2019. 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 2019-21 state legislative session to appropriate funding for the programs.

Overview Webinar

WSDOT staff hosted a webinar for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and Safe Routes to School Program Calls for Projects. It included an overview of each program's goals, evaluation criteria, eligible project elements and the application form. A recording of the webinar is now available. A copy of the webinar presentation (pdf 3.4 mb) is also available for viewing.


There is one application form for both programs. Complete a separate application for each project. Applications must include:

  • A complete application form - Download and submit by e-mail the  WSDOT Local Programs Consolidated Application for Funding (docx 51 kb),
  • A detailed project cost estimate - The estimate for construction of projects must be determined assuming that the project is design-bid-build and not constructed by the agency's or a partner jurisdictions's forces (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 (pdf 507 kb) for examples and descriptions:
    • Plan sheet(s) showing project design detail including a cross section, and a plan view (include crash locations if applicable);
    • Local bike and/or walk plan map, if available;
    • For Safe Routes to School projects submit School Walk Route Map(s);
    • For Pedestrian and Bicyclist Program projects submit a city land use zoning map.
  • Infrastructure projects that involve roadways owned/managed by another jurisdiction must include a letter or email from each of the other jurisdictions that indicates concurrence with this application. Note: Projects on state routes shall be coordinated through the appropriate WSDOT regional office. Contact the Region Local Programs Engineer to start this process.

Submit complete applications 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. Only those items requested will be considered in the application review.

Program Requirements

Projects must address the program purpose and be consistent with the program 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:

  • Report quarterly on the status of the project;
  • Funding source (state or federal) requirements;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Projects must be in the local Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) or in progress to be added to the TIP;
  • Submit completed post project counts of walkers and bikers.

Approved Standards and Guidelines

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 Facilities 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 (number of trips taken by walking and biking counts);
  • Public engagement/pedestrian and bicycle public awareness;
  • Network planning/analysis such as low stress biking and network connectivity;
  • Preliminary right of way (ROW) acquisition activities (such as title searches and review, ROW plan preparation, ROW project funding estimate/true cost estimate, etc.) see Local Agency Guidelines Ch. 25.3.
  • Preliminary environmental analysis – pre SEPA/NEPA scoping;
  • Preliminary engineering (PE) design;
  • Interim low cost treatments/reconfigurations to test operation effectiveness (such as tactical urbanism techniques) 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 Detailed Project Description

1.  Implementation/Countermeasure - 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

2.  Implementation/Countermeasure - 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
  • Location - at the intersections of Johnson Rd and H, J, L and M Streets

3.  Implementation/Countermeasure - Install roundabout

  • Location - Smith Rd. & Johnson Rd.

Inappropriate Uses of Funding

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

  • Re-occurring costs such as salary for walking school bus leaders;
  • 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 bicycle safety and mobility;
  • 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 address reviewer recommendations and include a practical solutions consultation. Final prioritization may change based on site visit outcomes. A prioritized list of projects will be submitted to the Governor’s office and the legislature by December 1, 2018. The legislature will make the final decisions on program funding and grant awards during the 2019 Legislative session. Award announcements are expected in June 2019.

Review Criteria

1.  Extent of project need - Up to 35% of ranking determination will be based on need: 

  • Safety
    • Safety Project at Crash Locations: Locations with a known collision history. (Application comparison based on number and severity of collisions.)
    • Proactive Safety Project: Locations based on an analysis of 2012-2016 collision data that indicates need to proactively address specific crash contributing factors/road characteristics common to the jurisdiction/community.  Prioritization process should be reflected in the safety element of an existing bicycle and/or pedestrian plan, a local road safety plan or other agency pedestrian/bicycle safety prioritization process. (Application comparison based on frequency of crash contributing factors used to prioritize proposed improvements.)
  • Bicycle/Pedestrian Mobility, and Connectivity 
    • Where there is a gap in the bicycle/pedestrian network (including consideration for intersection crossings), a need for improved access to multi-modal/transit services, an opportunity to improve sense of comfort, and/or a lack of way-finding tools for which improvements would likely result in increased walking and biking. (Application comparison based on existing conditions - size of gap, network significance for target population, latent demand, population density within the walkshed/bikeshed.)
    • Pedestrian/bicycle projects with a higher potential to improve economic development, access to community services, and/or job opportunities. (Application comparison based on the density of businesses and community services within the bike/walkshed of the project location and/or the total connected mileage linked by the project in support of bike tourism or access to destinations via active transportation.)
  • Health Equity
    • Pedestrian/bicycle improvements with a higher potential to affect community health, that serve populations at a higher risk for inactivity and/or poor health outcomes, including people living in poverty, racial/ethnic minority groups, the elderly, and/or people with disabilities.  (Application comparison based on a higher than state average of the population in the census block group at the project location(s) or for the priority school(s) based on the OSPI State Report Card.)

2.   Potential for the project to address the program purpose and project need with an emphasis on serving all ages and abilities  -- Up to 35% of ranking determination will be based on this criteria:

    • Construction and/or local transportation safety projects - The extent to which the proposed improvement(s) address the program purpose/identified need and will likely be effective based on crash reduction factors or other research indicating proposed treatment would increase walking or biking for people of all ages and abilities; 
    • Project Development/Design Only Projects (Pedestrian and Bicycle Program only) -- The extent to which the work will include community engagement, address the program purpose and result in projects that are ready to construct.

3.   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.

4.   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

Note - Deliverability for projects on state routes (prioritized by the local agency) will include consideration for potential coordination with WSDOT paver, capital improvement or traffic projects.

5.   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)
    • Adopted Complete Streets ordinance
    • Bicycle Friendly community ranking

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  early 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 2016 Washington State Student Travel Survey Report, page 36 (pdf 1.0 mb). Potential data collection tools include the Safe Routes to School Student Tally Form and the Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Instructions and Form (pdf 165 kb). 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 percentage 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 percentage 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.