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Walking and biking route improvements

February 12, 2014 Presentation to the Pedestrian Advisory Board, including an overview of Safe Routes to School projects being planned for 2014 and 2015. 

Using data from the Pedestrian Master Plan around public school sites, SDOT selects five schools per year to receive dedicated funding for engineering improvements, an education and encouragement campaign and additional enforcement efforts. The program is funded by Seattle’s Bridging the Gap levy as well as grants from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

SDOT begins the program at each school during October, which is International Walk to School month. During the winter, SDOT convenes a Safe Routes to School Team of volunteer parents, school staff and neighborhood representatives to understand the physical barriers to walking and biking to school. During this planning process SDOT transforms school concerns into engineering solutions. Engineering solutions can include:

  • New sidewalks
  • Sidewalk repair
  • Flashing school zone beacons
  • Radar speed signs
  • Traffic calming, such as speed cushions or traffic circles
  • Curb ramps
  • Curb bulbs or pedestrian median islands

Construction of the improvements occurs during summer vacation.

What Are SDOT’s 2014 Safe Routes to School Projects?

An additional $1.4 million in WSDOT grants will be used for education, encouragement and engineering improvements at the following schools:

  • Mercer Middle School
  • Wedgwood Elementary
  • Greenwood Elementary
  • South Shore K-8

The following schools have participated in the program in previous years:

  • Arbor Heights Elementary
  • Wing Luke Elementary
  • Northgate Elementary
  • Sanislo Elementary
  • Bailey-Gatzert Elementary
  • Broadview-Thompson K-8
  • Dunlap Elementary
  • Summit K-12 at Jane Addams
  • Cleveland High School
  • Kimball Elementary
  • Blaine K-8
  • Sacajawea Elementary
  • North Beach Elementary
  • Concord Elementary

SDOT also helps schools get modern bike racks to enable children to bike to school. In collaboration with school administrators, SDOT can find the best locations for bike racks and help secure funding to purchase racks. SDOT can place racks within the public right-of-way or the Mini Grant program can provide funding for schools to procure and install racks on school property.

For more information contact SDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator Brian Dougherty at 206-684-5124 or brian.dougherty@seattle.gov

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