SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
A generation ago nearly half of K-8th grade students walked or biked to school; today the national average is just thirteen percent. Supporting schools and families is essential for building walkable routes to school. Safe Routes to School programs typically incorporate safety, health, community-building, traffic relief, and environmental awareness components.
Feet First is available to help with grants, comprehensive plans, policy development and large-scale campaigns.
If your city, school district, or regional planning organization is looking for a smart way to advance Safe Routes to School, consider a partnership with Feet First! Our fee for service document has more information about the kinds of expertise we offer. Contact us for more information!
Throughout the State of Washington, Feet First works to make it safer and easier for families to walk to school. If you doing the same in your community, check out the information and resources below:
Much of our current Safe Routes to School activity takes place at the four Seattle Schools that received Safe Routes to School grants from the Washington State Department of Transportation: Dearborn Park, Hawthorne, Olympic Hills and Roxhill Elementary. Feet First spends 18 full months with each of these schools, working with families, school staff, and community members to make it safer and easier for children to travel the area on foot.
IWALK and Other Walk to School Events
Feet First provides resources and consultation for schools that want to host Walk to School events. We offer trainings to orient and inspire Safe Routes to School advocates in your community. Every October is International Walk to School Month, IWALK, and Feet First hosts a friendly IWALK Challenge.
Feet First provides safety education for elementary students, middle school students, parents, and teachers. We have a growing number of programs and activities to engage older youth, as well.
Are your school’s arrival and departure procedures an accident waiting to happen? A chaotic environment immediately before and after school is an educational climate issue as well as a safety hazard. Feet First has developed tools to help schools address safety needs for all transportation modes during arrival and departure times.
We will analyze your school’s current walk route map and design an updated walk route map using a community engagement process similar to that used for our popular Neighborhoods on Foot walking maps.
Feet First launched the Safe Routes to School program at Baily Gatzert Elementary School in the fall of 2004. The program received the 2006 Safety Superstar award from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. Jen Cole, the Safe Routes to School Program Director, was hired to run the program the following year. We have subsequently coordinated program efforts to encourage walking at various schools all over the Puget Sound Region.