Grant Funding for School Districts Currently Available 

Thursday, December 31, 2015 5:01:00 PM

Applications Due January 21, 2016

Grant Purpose: To provide bicycle and pedestrian safety education to students in the 6th through 8th grade in up to 20 school districts across the state between January 2016—June 2017.

Grant Award Details: The grant award to school districts will range from $1,000 to $25,000 and may be used for curriculum resources, bicycles, a trailer for bicycle storage and transport, teacher training, and other essential services and equipment related to program implementation and evaluation.

Application Deadline: Please submit grant applications via iGrants Form Package 552 by Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Questions? For more information, please contact Sarah Sullivan at or 360-725-6050.

Seattle Announces Safe Routes to School Mini-Grants 

Thursday, October 02, 2014 4:42:00 PM


During October, “International Walk to School Month,” the City of Seattle is doing their own part to encourage walking and biking to school. Seattle Department of Transportation is once again providing mini-grants to schools and community groups within the Seattle of up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about pedestrian and bicycle safety and encourage walking and biking to school.

Some examples of past projects funded by the Safe Routes to School Mini Grants include kick-starting a walking school bus with safety vests and flags for bus “drivers;” supporting walk to school month events with prizes and incentives for walkers; incentives for bike to school commuters, like bike locks, lights, and helmets; bicycle safety and maintenance classes to make sure kids know the rules of the road and how to keep their bikes in tip-top shape; traffic circulation plans to make sure traffic flows as safely as possible around schools.

If you are interested in applying for a Mini-Grant, visit For questions, contact Ashley Harris at Applications are due Oct. 31, 2014 by 5 p.m. and recipients will be announced by Dec. 5, 2014. Funds will be distributed in January 2015.

International Walk to School Month is held in October of each year. This event which is held in more than 40 countries gives children, parents, school teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking.  For more information about International Walk to School month, visit


WSDOT Announces Call for Safe Routes to School Projects 

Thursday, February 06, 2014 12:25:00 PM

Are you missing a block of sidewalks connecting your kids to school? Want to develop a comprehensive walking and biking campaign to increase physical activity at schools? Do you need a safer crossing near your school? 

The Washington State Department of Transportation has announced their call for new Safe Routes to School Projects. This is an opportunity for any public agency to work on getting more student to walk and bike to school safely. Project elements can include engineering, education, encouragment, enforcement, and evaluation. 

Applications are due May 5th.

An overview webinar will be conducted on March 3, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Go to the Pedestrian and Bicycle and Safe Routes to School Programs Call for Projects Webinar Page to register.  Space is limited.  For more information or if you do not have the capacity to participate on a webinar please contact Charlotte Claybrooke at 360-705-7302.




Two New Safe Routes to School Positions in Spokane 

Monday, January 13, 2014 12:00:00 PM

There is lots of enegery in the Spokane area right now around encouraging students to walk and bike to school. Washington Bikes and the Spokane Regional Health District are both hiring positions that will assist in Safe Routes to School efforts around Spokane.

Washington Bikes is hiring a School and Family Programs CoordinatorThe coordinator will support bike advocacy and education programs in the region, particularly related to efforts targeting schools, and will be responsible for implementing school-based efforts that increase physical activity and movement for students. The position includes both policy work for systems change and direct hands-on instruction and direction, offering a unique opportunity for the right person. This position closes January 20th

The Spokane Regional Health District is hiring a Public Health Educator 2 who will focus on their Safe Routes to School efforts. This position closes January 24th.



Make posters about the simple pleasures of the bike 

Friday, January 03, 2014 4:06:00 PM

Washington State 2013 Bike Poster Contest First Place WinnerPresident John F. Kennedy loved the joy of a bike ride. As he famously said, “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.”

The 4th Annual Fifth Grade National Bicycling Poster Contest asks 5th grade students to create a poster around President Kennedy’s quote. The purpose of the contest is to promote youth riding bicycles as a way to lead a healthy lifestyle. Washington Bikes is partnering with Saris Cycling Group, a US manufacturer of bicycle racks and cycling training products, to organize the contest. 

One winner will be selected from each participating state to receive a bike, bike light, and helmet. Posters are due March 7. One National winner will win a trip to the 2015 National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. and their school will receive bicycle parking to park twenty bikes and a bike/walk tracking system called The Hub.

Learn more about the contest and how to enter your school here.


Register for Bike to School Day 

Monday, March 25, 2013 4:13:00 PM

Momentum is building for the 2013 Bike to School Day. Join the excitement by registering your event at

If you register by noon on Wednesday, March 27, you will be entered into the first drawing for a Saris bicycle parking rack. and Saris Racks will be continuing to raffle off bike racks each week up to Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 8. Three special drawings will be held on Monday, June 3, to culminate May as Naitonal Bike Month.

All events registered before each drawing will be eligible to win an eight-bike capacity Saris Racks bike rack. Thanks to Saris Racks for there support of Bike to School Month!


Elder-Youth Walking Buddies Explore Neah Bay 

Friday, March 15, 2013 9:58:00 AM

Intergenerational Walking Audit in Neah BayA group of Makah elders and Neah Bay High School students took a walk outside recently on a sunny Tuesday.  "That was the best thing that happened to me in a long time, “ said elder Verna Bunn, “I can’t tell you how much it means to me to be able to get out and walk.” 

The cross-generational walk came about as part of the Elder-Youth Walking Buddy Program, matching Neah Bay High School students with elders from the local Senior Center to take walks together in their community at the northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula.  When organizers with the Neah Bay Public Health Department had asked elders what might motivate them to walk more, many expressed an interest in having youth walking buddies. The idea was then offered as a community service opportunity to Neah Bay High School students, and after the students received instructions from physical therapist Sven Solvik about how to safely walk with elders, the Walking Budding Program was born.

Neah Bay Elder-Youth WalkThe walk also provided a chance to gather feedback about what it is like for seniors to walk or use wheelchairs in Neah Bay.  Organizers with the Public Health Department provided a trained assessment facilitator and the walking buddies reported their observations about what they experienced on foot.  To improve walkability, walkers proposed increased signage, benches, distance markers and ramps.  They shared thoughts about how to slow traffic and improve crossings near the Senior Center and Mini Mart.  The walk allowed them to express their needs and be involved in public decisions while having fun and making community connections. 

Wheel chair use in Neah BayThis activity was part of the Makah Tribe's Community Transformation work, and was brought about with funding from a federal Community Transformation Grant and technical assistance from Forterra, enabling the Public Health Department to engage citizens young and old to increase physical activity in their community.  Ms. Bunn hopes to see more Elder-Youth Walks in the near future, noting that “the high school students were friendly, and I just enjoyed my walk very much.” 

For more information about this program, contact Mel Melmed, Makah Public Health, 360-645-3010

Make Art! Inspire Kids! Win a Bike! 

Tuesday, February 05, 2013 11:58:00 AM

Bicycle Poster Contest PosterAs spring draws near, kids start to dream of exploring, riding, playing, jumping, rolling, meeting, breathing, and soaking in the outdoors while on a bike. Now, 5th graders can take those spring plans, turn them into an awesome poster, and win prizes through a poster contest coordinated by the Bicycle Alliance of Washington.

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington is partnering with Saris Cycling Group, a manufacturer of bicycle racks and cycling training products, to launch a bicycle poster contest to get fifth graders to think about the benefits of the bicycle.  The contest is asking 5th grade students in Washington State to create a poster around the theme “Bicycling makes life better.”

The top state submission will win a bike, light, and helmet, and be entered in the national contest for a chance to win a bike rack for their school and trip to Washington DC for two. Prizes will be awarded to the winners from each school.

Schools have until April 1st to have their 5th grade students make posters. Sign your school up for the contest! Contact Seth at or (206) 224-9252 x301.

Read more about the contest here.

OSPI Safe Routes to School Summer Institutes 

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 6:22:00 PM

OSPI Safe Routes to School Summer Institutes

Seattle – August 9-10, 2012

Spokane– August 16-17, 2012

Sponsored by OSPI with funds from the 2010-2012 SRTS Grant

Registration is free and free clock hours will be provided by the Office of the Superintendent for Public Instruction (OSPI)

These Summer Institutes are for current SRTS grantees, as well as teachers and administrators interested in learning more about the Safe Routes to School Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Education Program funded by the 2010-2012 SRTS grant to OSPI.

The institute will focus on bicycle and pedestrian safety education, but will include sessions on funding, engineering solutions, encouragement efforts, and integrating Safe Routes to School into other school efforts. The first day will offer in-depth sessions on special topics, with the second day being the main event.

For more information, contact:

Seth Schromen-Wawrin, Safe Routes to School Project Coordinator
Phone: (206) 224-9252 x301

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