Safe Routes to School


We just launched our updated Safe Routes to School 5 Year Action Plan (2021-2025), which lays out specific actions we'll take to make it easier and safer for Seattle's kids to get to school.

What We Do

Safe Routes to School is a national movement to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. We use a combination of strategies:

Equity: Foundational to our program, equity is infused into each of the other E's

Environment: In everything we do, reduce the impact of school travel on the environment and climate change

Education: Ensure that everyone learns how to travel safely

Empowerment: Provide resources to school champions

Encouragement: Promote walking and biking in the school community

Engineering: Design streets for safety and predictability

Evaluation: Track progress toward our shared safety goals

Program Goals and Vision

The Safe Routes to School program goals are to:

  1. Encourage more kids to walk and bike to school
  2. Improve safety in areas around schools for kids who walk and bike

We are committed to reaching the City's Vision Zero goal to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030 and the City's climate change goal that 90% of personal trips are zero emission in that same timeframe. 
SRTS Goals Graphic

Our vision for Seattle's school children is to start their day experiencing the benefits of walking and biking to school, including:

  • Having fun
  • Feeling safe
  • Strengthening connections to their communities
  • Arriving to school in time for breakfast and ready to learn
  • Improved physical and mental health

To support Seattle's effort to end institutionalized racism and build a more equitable city, we are focused on students in these groups:

  • Communities of color
  • Low-income communities
  • Immigrant and refugee communities
  • People with disabilities
  • People experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity
  • The LGBTQ community
  • Girls

Current Projects List

Pedestrians walking

Completed Projects List

So You Want To...

Apply for a Mini Grant

Order free walking and biking incentives

Request a School Street for your school

Find the best way to walk or bike to your school

Share your biking or walking story

Find Books with Walking and Biking Themes

Pick up free yard signs

Improve your school morning and afternoon traffic

Start a Safe Routes to School campaign at your school

Find out where 20mph beacons are located and when they flash

Understand the what, why, and how of typical school safety projects 

Help clean up your route to school 

Request a bike rack at your school

Learn about our Learning Landscapes Program

Review Student Travel Survey Reports

Read about our 5-Year Action Plan

Learn about our Racial Equity Analysis