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Many children lack safe places to walk. We believe that every child deserves to safely walk to school. Let us help you create more safe routes to school for children in your community. When you do, you’ll help children in your community become safer, healthier, and more productive.
Safe Routes to School Makes Your Community:
Students who walk to school exhibit higher overall physical activity compared to students who do not.
Students who walk to school perform better academically compared to students who do not.
When we create walkable communities, we make places safer, inviting, and more connected. When families walk their children to school our communities become stronger.
Feet First has over ten years of experience in successfully writing Safe Routes to School grants and in implementing Safe Routes to School programs and policies. We are available to work with you on developing your grant application, updating your comprehensive plans, creating policy development and designing large-scale campaigns. To get started or for more information, contact Teresa Frizell, Safe Routes to School Program Director.
The Request for Proposals for Washington State Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School has been released. Proposals may be received from nonprofits or public agencies such as a school district, school, city, county, public health department.
Join our upcoming Safe Routes to School Action Network Grant Information Session:
Contact: Nitasha Sharma, Safe Routes to School Network Coordinator, Feet First 206.652.2310 ext. 2
The Safe Routes to School Action Network is a community of people across Washington State who have come together to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from school to improve the health and well-being of students, and to create more livable and sustainable communities. The network is comprised of individuals representing local, regional, and state-wide agencies and organizations committed to supporting and promoting the safety and health of all students. Be a part of the action – join us today!
Past Webinars and informational meetings:
Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School National Partnership Informational Meeting, SW Washington
Walking School Bus
Here are some other ways Feet First works to make walking and biking to school safer for students.
Walking School Bus
Walking school buses are similar to yellow school buses with a set meeting location and times along a designated route. They have traditionally been led by adults. Take a look at how to start a Walking School Bus and make walking to school for children a healthy start to the day.
Feet First provides resources and consultation for schools that want to host Walk to School events. We provide trainings to orient and inspire parents, teachers, and school districts to increase walking in your community. Mark your calendar, October is WALKTOBER Feet First hosts a friendly campaign to celebrate walking to school, to work, and for fun throughout the month!
Encourage more children to walk to school. Order FREE incentives for Seattle public and private schools for walking and biking events.
We will analyze your school’s current walk route map and design an updated walk route map using a community engagement process. This apporach is similar to how we create our popular Neighborhoods on Foot walking maps.
Feet First provides safety education for elementary students, middle school students, parents, and teachers. We also have a growing number of programs and activities to engage older youth. We created the first Pedestrian Safety Curriculum for 6th-8th grades. Take a look at our City Stories program through a partnership with Seattle Architecture Foundation. Through the 5-week program, youth took part in neighborhood walks, hands-on model building and engaged in digital storytelling activities. They made videos to communicate their opinions about their neighborhood.
Our most recent Safe Routes to School partnership is coming to a close. This partnership catalyzed the engineering expertise of the Seattle Department of Transportation, the neighborhood-based worldview of Feet First and Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, the passion for biking of the Cascade Bicycle Club, and the planning and design expertise of Alta Planning and Design to make walking and biking to four Seattle schools safer and more appealing for students. The Washington State Department of Transportation awarded Safe Routes to School grants to Greenwood Elementary, Wedgwood Elementary, Mercer Middle School, and South Shore K-8. Feet First was the lead on the grant and was fortunate to spend 2014-2016 with each of these schools, working with families, school staff, and community members to make it safer and easier for children to travel around these neighborhoods on foot.
Are your school’s arrival and departure procedures an collision waiting to happen? A chaotic environment immediately before and after school is an educational opportunity as well as a serious safety hazard. Feet First has developed tools to help your school address its safety needs for people who drive, walk, bike, or take the bus during arrival and departure times.
Feet First launched the Safe Routes to School program at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School in 2004. The program received the 2006 Safety Superstar award from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission. We have subsequently coordinated program efforts to encourage walking at schools all over the Puget Sound and across the state. For sample of our recently completed projects, check out our case studies for elementary schools in Seattle Hawthorne and Roxhill.