SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program has been recognized nationally for its significant contributions to pedestrian safety. In fact, a recent ranking by Liberty Mutual Insurance lists Seattle as the number one city in the nation for pedestrian safety and explicitly calls out Safe Routes to School for improving the connections between neighborhoods and schools.
While we’re grateful for the recognition, SDOT is not an organization that is satisfied with these results. We know there is more work to be done and we need your help.
We’re in the process of reviewing and enhancing every aspect of Safe Routes to School with a wide range of community partners. Early next year we’ll introduce new pedestrian and bicycle safety education and encouragement programs along with revised enforcement commitments in our school zones. Another substantial component of this work is to continue to improve the built environment to better link parents, teachers and students to schools.
Here’s where you come in. We want you to tell us where people are speeding, where people fail to stop for pedestrians or where crossing and/or sidewalk improvements are needed. We’ve developed an online tool to help collect this information. The feedback you provide will be used to prioritize future infrastructure investments, enforcement activities, and educational outreach. Follow the link below to use our Wikimap and share your thoughts with us.
We understand that some people don’t have consistent access the internet but we still want to connect with you. SDOT and Feet First representatives will be at a number of schools across the city to get your input. We’ve already visited with the Wing Luke and Northgate communities but you’ll find us at the following locations over the next two weeks:
- Sanislo Elementary – 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM
- Graham Hill Elementary – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
- Viewlands Elementary – 9 AM to 10 AM
- South Shore PK-8 – 2 PM to 3 PM
- Concord Elementary – 3 PM to 4 PM
- Rainier View Elementary – 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
- Bailey Gatzert Elementary – 8:15 AM to 9:15 AM
Thanks for your help, Seattle!