Safe Routes to School Video Project

Learn. Record. Produce your own video!

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is inviting City of Seattle youth to show their creativity by participating in a video challenge to help shed some light on Vision Zero and Safe Routes to School.

We are partnering with Reel Grrls who will work with high school students and help them learn about the Safe Routes to School Program and Vision Zero. Students will learn how to produce videos and share their messages to encourage walking and biking to school as well as change behavior and support Seattle’s Vision Zero goal of ending traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030.

As part of the Safe Routes to School 5-year Action Plan, we envision a city where safe streets and vibrant neighborhoods combine to build community, support sustainability, and make the healthy choice the easy choice for families and neighbors. Each of us play a role in reaching Vision Zero and making Seattle’s streets safer for everyone – whether we are driving, walking, or biking.

In Seattle, we’ve seen distracted driving ctoinue to rise – a 300% increase (from 2011 to 2014) – contributing to 3,000 of the 10,000 crashes per year on city streets. Statewide, fatalities from distracted driving increased 32% from 2014 to 2015. These crashes are preventable. It’s no accident to be texting your friend, scrolling through your social media feeds, or finding that perfect song. These are all choices that could change someone’s life forever.

Select schools have been chosen to participate in an in-depth video production program; however, students in the City of Seattle are still encouraged to participate through the 48-Hour Film Challenge!

Share your creative process on social media using the hashtags #saferoutestoschool #visionzero #seattle #reelgrrls #youthmade and tag us @seattledot (Instagram & Twitter Handle)!

Submission Deadline: April 30, 2019 by midnight PST. The contest is open to all high school students enrolled in the City of Seattle.

Program Timeline*

Initial Pitch Deadline - submitted to RG for feedback 

Participating schools only

Scheduled with participating schools 

Final Pitch Deadline - collected by RG and SDOT 

Participating schools only

Scheduled with participating schools

Rough Video Submissions 

Participating schools only

February 15, 2019 

Midnight (12:00 am February 16, 2019) 

Mid-Winter Break Rough Screening/Feedback 1 with RG and SDOT

10:00 AM

February 18, 2019

48 Hour Film Challenge with Late Recruitments - Workshops Day 1


10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

February 18, 2019

48 Hour Film Challenge with Late Recruitments - Workshops Day 2

Production and Post-Production

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

February 19, 2019

48 Hour Film Challenge - Production Day 1

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

February 20, 2019

48 HR Film Challenge - Production Day 2 

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

February 21, 2019

End 48 Hour Film Challenge with Late Recruitments 

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

February 22, 2019

48 Hour Film Challenge with Late Recruitments and Participating Youth - RG and SDOT

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

February 22, 2019

Spring Break Camp***

All participants are encouraged to attend

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

April 8-12, 2019

Rough Screening 2 - all participants

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

April 12, 2019
Last Day to Submit to Contest April 30, 2019 (12;)0 AM May 1, 2019)
Showcase at NW Folklife (Exact Day TBD) May 24-27, 2019

*Some dates are subject to change. Please check the website regularly for updates.

** 48-Hour Film challenge is available for students to participate who are not in the select classes.

*** 48-Hour Film challenge students and regular program students are welcome to participate in this spring break camp to continue to finalize the editing per the rough screenings, gather and incorporate feedback.