Safe Routes to School Program

The purpose of the Safe Routes to Schools Program (SRTS) is to improve safety and mobility for children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school. Funding from this program is for projects within two-miles of primary, middle and high schools (K-12).

Since 2005, the program has awarded $135 million for 270 projects from over $499 million in requests.

Call for projects

The Safe Routes to School call for projects is open. Applications are due June 7, 2024.

Additional updates about the program will be posted on the WSDOT Walk and Roll E-news. Sign up for emails

Active Transportation Programs Design Guide

Active Transportation Programs Design Guide (PDF 18MB) - Is for local agencies and tribal governments preparing Safe Routes to School Program applications.  It provides details for treatments that the program will favor for funding. As it is for safety programs, the guide emphasizes treatments intended to provide safer conditions for people who walk, bike, and roll, also known as pedestrians and bicyclists.

Legislative reports

Prioritized project lists and program updates.

2023-2025 SRTS/PBP Report to the Legislature (PDF 2.16MB)

2021 SRTS/PBP Status Report and Recommendations for Change (PDR 910KB)

2021-2023 Report to the Legislature (PDF 847KB)

2019-2021 Report to the Legislature (PDF 960KB)

Funding sources

The Safe Routes to School Program is supported with funding from Washington’s Climate Commitment Act. The CCA supports Washington’s climate action efforts by putting cap-and-invest dollars to work reducing climate pollution, creating jobs and improving public health. Information about the CCA is available at The SRTS program is also supported by the multimodal transportation account-state appropriation and the motor vehicle account – federal appropriation, which is part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

logo saying 'Funded by Washington's Climate Commitment Act,' with an image of the outline of Washington state

Slow down – lives are on the line. 

In 2023, speeding continued to be a top reason for work zone crashes.

Even one life lost is too many.

Fatal work zone crashes doubled in 2023 - Washington had 10 fatal work zone crashes on state roads.

It's in EVERYONE’S best interest.

95% of people hurt in work zones are drivers, their passengers or passing pedestrians, not just our road crews.