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Safe Routes to School: Fall Mini Grants Application Now Open!

Educational materials and bicycle helmets lie on the pavement as people walk by in the background.

Our application for Safe Routes to School: Fall Mini Grants are now open! Apply by October 31 for up to $1,000 to fund projects that educate students about walking and biking to school. Public and private schools, parent-teacher associations, and other non-profit organizations are welcome to apply.

First, here’s a quick Safe Routes to School 101 pop quiz. ?

Children walking across a crosswalk with a traffic signal and trees in the background.

? What is Safe Routes to School?

Safe Routes to School is a national movement to make it easier and safer for students to walk and bike to school. We use a combination of strategies: education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, evaluation, and empowerment.

? What is the speed limit around a school zone?

20 mph!

? What is the speed limit on all residential streets?

All 2,400 miles of Seattle’s residential (non-arterial) streets are 20 MPH, which is the same speed limit as our school speed zones.

It’s time to apply for our Safe Routes to School: Fall Mini Grants!

A group of children and adults carrying flags and posters as part of the Safe Routes to School campaign.

These are grants that can be used to fund programs as schools, parent-teacher associations, and community groups to encourage safe walking and biking to school. All public and private K-12 schools and PTAs within the City of Seattle and other nonprofit groups can apply.

Funds can be used for a variety of programs, including (but not limited to): Walk and Bike to School Day events, the Walking School Bus Program, the Bike Train Program, the Bike Rodeo, the Student Safety Patrol, pedestrian crossing flags, intersection paintings, and more! It’s time to get creative – what do you want to use the grant for?

Safe Routes to School Bike Event

Bike Rodeo at Daniel Bagley School

Applying is as easy as ABC, 123! ?

Just fill out our simple application form and include a letter of support from the school principal. Email or mail your application to:

Seattle Department of Transportation
Attention: Ashley Rhead
P.O. Box 34996
Seattle, WA 98124-4996

Completed applications are due October 31st, 2019 by 5 PM. Applicants will be notified of awards via email or by phone, and the funds will be distributed early 2020.

Lastly, let’s celebrate! ? October 2 is International Walk to School Day.

Walk to School Day Banner

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Registration to host an International Walk to School Day event is now open. While October 2 is the official focus day in 2019, you are welcome to celebrate International Walk to School Day any day in October!

Safe travels!

Healthy Refreshments to encourage walking and biking to school

Healthy refreshments to encourage walking and biking to school