Help encourage walking to school in Southwest Washington!
Communities across the nation are implementing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs. SRTS programs improve safety conditions and increase the number of students walking to and from school.
A Walking School Bus program can help reduce air pollution, improve attendance, increase the number of students walking and bicycling, and give children and adults an opportunity to get some exercise and socialize, all while getting to school on time!
Wednesday, October 25
9:00 a.m. to noon
Cowlitz County Health & Human Services
More information & registration: tinyurl.com/WSBworkshop
Complete Streets are streets for everyone. Whether they are traveling by car, bicycle, transit, or as pedestrians, they need safe, comfortable, and convenient travel routes.
Help create the City of Vancouver’s Complete Streets policy!
City of Vancouver Complete Streets Workshop
February 15, 2017, 6-9 PM
McLoughlin Middle School
5802 MacArthur Blvd.
Free, no need to RSVP
Washington state is building traffic safety partnerships throughout the state to align priorities and leverage resources to improve traffic safety. The Target Zero Plan is the result of this work and represents Washington’s strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by the year 2030. The Target Zero Plan provides a comprehensive framework with specific priorities, goals, and strategies.
Successful grant proposals are aligned with the Target Zero priorities and utilize its proven strategies or consist of innovative strategies with an accompanying evaluation plan. Typically, grants range in amounts from $5,000 to $150,000.
Proposals for FFY2018 are due on February 10, 2017.
More information (PDF)
School Districts in Washington, take note. Cascade Bicycle Club and Feet First are offering a mini grant program to get more kids moving more. Let them support your efforts to increase the number of children bicycling and walking to school — funding is available to 25 schools or school districts across WA toward this goal.
Applications Due: currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. (Note work must be completed by June 1, 2017.)
Recipient Eligibility: Public schools grades 5th-8th in Washington State are eligible for funding, however only one award will be made per district. Single schools can apply OR a district can apply if it is confident that it can serve more than one school and fulfill the program requirements. Highest priority will be given to eligible schools who have not already received Safe Routes to School funding.
Funding may be used for:
● Safety Equipment (e.g. flags, vests, reflectors, bike bells, etc.)
● Stipends for walking school bus or bike train coordinator (Only eligible if your school/ district has a higher rate of free and reduced lunch recipients than the state average. In 2016 the state average is 44%.)
● Outreach and Awareness (advertisements, posters, mailings, fliers)
● Bike Helmets
Don’t miss this great opportunity to boost safety, outreach, and awareness of safe school travel! Read the full eligibility criteria and download the application (pdf).
Looking for more information or support for Safe Routes to School in Washington state? Join the Safe Routes to School Action Network.
What is it?
The Safe Routes to School Action Network is comprised of parents, city officials, school district administrators, city planners and engineers, and representatives from county, regional planning, and state agencies. The network is committed to helping more children safely walk and bike to and from school, to improve the health and well-being of students, and to create more livable and sustainable communities in Washington.
The Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee consists of partners from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State Department of Transportation, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Washington State Department of Health, Cascade Bicycle Club, Washington Bikes, Feet First, Transportation Choices Coalition, and the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition.
How do I sign up?
Anyone interested in learning more about Safe Routes to School or getting support for your program should be on this list. Receive informative emails about twice a month, find out about trainings and webinars, and learn from your peers around the state. The Safe Routes to School Action Network plays an important role in sharing successful programs, new research, and best practices to help advance systems change for Safe Routes to School programs across the state.
Join the network today!
The February 9th WSDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Program and Safe Routes to School Call for Projects Webinar was oversubscribed. There are two other options available to view the information:
1) View a recorded version which will be posted by February 20th to the WSDOT website http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/LocalPrograms/SafeRoutes/CallForProjects.htm.
2) Participate in the newly scheduled second webinar on February 16th at 10:00 AM. Please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2019440393855005441.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
ICYMI: $37M Grant Funding Now Available in WA for pedestrian, bicycle, and Safe Routes to School projects. Applications due in May 2016!
In Washington state’s 2015 legislative session, state House and Senate transportation leaders have worked for many months to craft transportation revenue proposals that include critical safe biking and walking investments. Both the Senate and House transportation proposals made important contributions and forward progress, with the House transportation proposal setting a foundation for new walking and biking investments at approximately $236 million over a 16-year timeframe.
These investment increases are significant and worth supporting.
Please thank your legislators today for their work to date on the transportation package and ask them for more school safety investments.
Eighty-four percent of Washington state voters think funding for Safe Routes to School should be prioritized in the transportation budget. More can be done to invest in the state’s Safe Routes to School grant program. Currently only 1 in 4 school safety projects are getting funded. With a modest increase from the House funding levels, we can enable even more locally driven school safety projects to reach completion.
Now is the time to ask legislators to support the House proposal’s initial investment levels for biking and walking, and to remind the legislature that their work is not done. We are so close to making more school safety projects a reality. Our partners at Washington Bikes have posted a great write up on the revenue package with a link to send a letter to your legislators to thank them for their work to date and to ask for more needed school safety investments.
Thank you for taking the time to thank our state legislators for investing in our children, and remind them that every child in Washington state deserves the chance to safely walk and roll to school.
Please send a note to your Washington state legislator today. Click here now.
Thanks for your support of safe and healthy routes to school for all of Washington’s kids!