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About Safe Routes to School

What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a local, state, and national movement to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike.  The Seattle Department of Transportation supports this effort by funding engineering improvements, education, and encouragement campaigns at public and private schools throughout Seattle.

Why Safe Routes to School?

Nationally, the percent of children walking and bicycling to school has decreased dramatically over the past several decades.  Parents dropping their kids off at school in cars contribute to morning traffic jams in our communities and that impacts everyone.   

Yet, there is good news.  Walking and biking to school has increased at 26 of 28 schools evaluated in Seattle from 2007 to 2013.

To get more kids walking and bicycling to school, Safe Routes to School programs focus on engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement and evaluation.

Engineering: To build new sidewalks and curb ramps, improve crosswalks, coordinate with neighborhood greenways, and promote safe driving.

Education: To give kids and families the pedestrian and bicycle safety skills and knowledge. 

Encouragement: To get more parents involved in their kids’ schools and get kids more familiar with their neighbors and community.

Enforcement: To make sure everyone obeys the rules of the road and traffic circulation plans adopted by school communities.

Evaluation: To make sure our programs are achieving their goals.

Safety is our number one priority at SDOT. If you notice a potential traffic safety issue near a school, contact SDOT’s Safe Routes to School Coordinator so we can address the issue: brian.dougherty@seattle.gov or 206-684-5124.

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