District of Columbia
Greater Washington, DC Area Safe Routes to School Regional Network
The Greater Washington, DC area regional network has been provided funding by Kaiser Permanente with a goal to leverage additional resources for walking and bicycling initiatives through regional and local policies and plans such as Regional Transportation Plans. More information on the regional network project can be found here.
Funding for Safe Routes to School
DC has funded $4.6 million in Safe Routes to School projects. School districts and local governments are eligible to apply for Safe Routes to School infrastructure and non infrastructure funds. There are two pots of federal dollars currently available for Safe Routes to School programs and projects. The first pot is from the old transportation law (SAFETEA-LU), and does not require matching funds. This pot is still available in many states, find out about DC here. The second pot of money is from the Transportation Alternatives Program, in the current transportation bill (MAP-21), and it requires local matching funds. Find out how the DC Department of Transportation is handling this transition here.
Find out more information on federal funding by exploring our MAP-21 Resource Center, reviewing the most current State of the States funding report and reading the most recent national news on Safe Routes to School.
For other Safe Routes to School resources, check out our library of resources, webinar archive or blogs.
Visit the District of Columbia Safe Routes to School program website for more information.
State Outreach Programs
Developed and implemented by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), Bike and Pedestrian Safety is a free safety education program that brings training to schools. For more information, please see http://www.waba.org/education/youth.php .
DDOT is also partnering with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to provide enforcement of traffic laws in school zones. School zone enforcement will occur throughout the school year.
DDOT provides small prizes to schools that register International Walk to School events on the www.walktoschool.org website. In addition, DDOT is running a Walk & Roll Club during Fall 2009. Any eligible school can participate and receives all the supplies necessary to implement a frequent walker/bicyclist rewards program.
In addition to the projects that are being implemented using Federal Safe Routes to School funding, DDOT is conducting a School Area Assessment project to improve signs, signals, and marking maintenance around schools and to create a GIS inventory of these improvements.
Find out which organizations in your state have pledged their support for the Safe Routes to School movement. If your organization isn't yet a partner affilate, we would love for you to join us; it's free! Find more info on joining here.
Key educational opportunities exist in priority issues relating to biking and walking in the District, such as Implementing the Federal and State Safe Routes to School program, School Siting and Co-location (especially regarding Public Charter Schools) and Complete Streets.
Other important Safe Routes to School issues include: Crossing Guard Assessment District, Strategic Highway Safety Implementation Plans, DCPS Wellness Policy, Safe Routes to School Evaluation Tools and Policies and Bicycle and Pedestrian Curriculum development.
DC’s recently completed Pedestrian Master Plan focused on arterial streets that present crossing challenges for all people on foot as well as policy review and training on pedestrian-friendly design principles.
If you would like to submit a success story for consideration, please email it to Margaux Mennesson.
The Washington Area Bicyclist Association has developed several safe bicycling and walking programs and events for children.