Student Support

Safe Routes to School Programs

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The Safe Routes to School: Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education (SRTS) program is made possible by a grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). OSPI collaborates with Cascade Bicycle Club to provide training and materials to the funded districts. The goal of the program is to improve safety and encourage more students in grades 5–8 to safely walk and bicycle to school. In the process, the programs are working to reduce traffic congestion and improve student health and the environment, increase student academic success, increase attendance, and make communities more livable for everyone.

The SRTS program provides training and materials to districts and schools to implement the program and the grant funds are used to purchase a bicycle fleet and a trailer to store them in. Current grants totaled approximately $25,000.

The SRTS program began in 2009 as a pilot project funded by the Washington State Legislature. The pilot project was a success, and continues to be so as the total number of districts continues to increase.

    2010–12: 25 districts
    2012–14: 13 districts
    2015–17: 24 districts

Funding for 2017-19 has been approved, and it is projected that another 20-25 districts will be funded for the program.

Download the most current Safe Routes to School Program Evaluation report.

Program Curriculum
Full Curriculum (December 2013)

Lessons and Sections

  • Cover and Introduction
  • Curriculum at a Glance
  • Pre-Unit Preparations
  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Captain Barclay
  • Lesson 3: Eyeballs!
  • Lesson 4: Clothing & Equipment
  • Lesson 5: Bicycle Handling Practice
  • Lesson 6: Beginning Traffic Skills Practice
  • Lesson 7: Advanced Traffic Skills Practice
  • Lesson 8: The Walking Audit
  • Additional Resources


What's New

Grant Opportunity: To provide bicycle and pedestrian safety education to students in the 6th through 8th grades to at least 25 public school districts across the state. This is for up to $30,000 per district to purchase a utility trailer for storage and transport, fleet of bicycles, 2-day training, curriculum, educational materials, training equipment, teacher substitutes and technical support for the Safe Routes to School Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program.

iGrants Form Package #552

Safe Routes to School Instructions and FAQs

District Eligibility 2017-2019

District Selection Criteria (Rubric)

Questions? Please contact Lisa Rakoz by phone at 360-725-6095 or by email at


   Updated 1/11/2018

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