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Safe Routes to School

SRTS signPlan a Walk to School Event

October is National Walk to School Month. It's a perfect time to organize a Walk and Roll to School event. 


Visit the Walk and Roll to School Day web page for ideas, resources, and to register for a Walk and Roll to School kit. 

Overview - Safe Routes to School

The City of Tacoma has created a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to promote safer walking and bicycling routes for K-12 students. With this program we hope to empower students and parents to feel comfortable walking or bicycling to school, which in turn should encourage children to lead more active and healthier lifestyles.


The City has worked with the community to build a comprehensive Safe Routes to School program that includes a Safe Routes to School Action Plan that follows the 6 E's of Safe Routes to School: 

  • Education: Inform families about active transportation choices, teach walking and biking safety skills, and promote driver safety campaigns near schools.
  • Encouragement: Use events and activities to spark interest and make walking and rolling to school easy and fun. 
  • Engineering: Address the physical environment around schools to create safe and accessible places for walking and biking. 
  • Enforcement: Deter unsafe behavior and remind road users to follow traffic laws and share the road safely around schools. Support school crossing guards. 
  • Equity: Reduce disparities by prioritizing schools with the highest need.
  • Evaluation: Monitor program outcomes to improve activities in the future. 

SRTS Program Documents

We have the following finalized documents available for reference and viewing.

  • 2017 SRTS Action Plan - this plan is the result of a collaboration between the Project Management Team and the Stakeholder Committee to come up with visions, goals and actions for the Tacoma SRTS program.
  • 2017 SRTS Program Toolkit - the Toolkit details specific SRTS activities that have been successful in schools around the country and can be adopted for local use.
  • 2017 SRTS Walking School Bus - implemented successfully in many schools throughout the country this is a step-by-step guide to starting a Walking School Bus or Bike Train program.  

SRTS Resources and Information

Engineering - School Infrastructure Updates

We are happy to announce that the following schools have received federal funding through the Safe Routes to School program.


Amount Awarded
Project Description
Estimated Award date
Estimated Completion
First Creek Middle School SRTS  $318,885 Improvements will include high-intensity activated crosswalk (HAWK) beacons, crosswalk, and signs.  February 2018 July 2019
Lister Elementary School SRTS  $450,115 Improvements will include sidewalk, curb, gutter, crosswalk, ADA complaint curb ramps, flashing beacons, curb extensions, safety education & encouragement. February 2018  April 2019


In addition to the schools listed above, the City will be working on improvements to Blix and Stanley Elementary Schools with an expected completion in summer 2019.


Be Informed, Get Involved

You can contact City Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Carrie Wilhelme by email with questions, concerns or comments.