Welcome to the Safe Routes to School section of the website! (Under construction) This is a guide to help families navigate the options available for getting their kids to school. We hope to encourage walking and biking as part of a healthy lifestyle and community building and, of course, being safe whether you’re a pedestrian, biker or driver! Scroll down to read more information about each of the following topics:
- Biking to School
- Walking to School
- Driving to School
- Advocacy Resources for Safe Routes
Biking to School
- Benefits of cycling (health, community, independence)
- Bike route maps (links to printable versions)
- Biking safely
- Bike Safety Tip Sheet (wear helmets, follow signs, cross at lights, etc)
- Where do I lock my bike?
- What if I forget my lock?
- Where do I cross Aurora?
- Do I need a light?
- Where can I get a helmet?
- What is a greenway?
- What is “defensive” cycling?
Walking to School
- Benefits of walking to school
- Walking route maps (printable versions)
- Being safe while walking
- Walking Safety Tip Sheet (printable: don’t be on mobile, be aware, cross at lights, etc)
- Parents role and resources
- key message: Organizing a “walking bus” or “bike train” is ok first week of school
- how to: Check in with kids on biking and walking
- Parent focussed articles: Transitioning your kid from walking to elementary to walking to Middle School
Driving to School
If you drive, remember that the speed limit in a school zone is 20 MPH and in all cases on Seattle side streets, 20 mph is plenty! As the Seattle Times noted on Sept 3, 2017:
“Pedestrian-vehicle injuries are the fifth leading cause of death for U.S. children ages 5 to 19, according to SafeKids.org. Teaching our kids to be careful when crossing the street, such as making eye contact with drivers, could save some lives. But the real responsibility rests with the drivers themselves. Slow down, follow the rules and drive with everyone’s children in mind.”
Advocacy resources for safe routes
Here are some advocacy resource, including VisionZero, the zero pedestrian deaths by 2020 program, places to get more information about safe routes in our neighborhood and report outs from PtSA committee and actions related to this work.
- SDOT Safe Routes to school link
- Greenways and Licton Springs project
- Past actions by PTSA. There have been major investments in greenways and special pedestrian signals but more is needed around the school. See our urgent call to action on Sept 23rd, 2017 and updates.