Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36Meet Alyssa and Shanti — typical parents trying to get their kids to school with the least stress and hassle possible. But these two Seattle moms are different. When they rec- ognized an opportunity to improve their kids’ com- mutes to school, they thought outside the box and took action. And because of their creativity and in- genuity, the communities surrounding Whittier and Fairmont Park Elementary schools enjoy the bene- fits of new bike racks and an active, fun way to walk to school. It began on a cold day in January 2015, when Alyssa got annoyed with the masses of bikes strewn around the school playground at Whittier Elemen- tary. There was not enough bike parking despite — or because of — the school having one the highest rates of students biking each day. Alyssa worked with other parents, the school’s building lead- ership team, Safe Routes to School and Seattle Public School’s Self Help Projects Program to spearhead the installation of two new bicycle racks in May of that year. Now, the racks hold even more bikes as the number of students riding continues to increase. This year more than 80 students rode to school on Bike to School Day. Meanwhile, at Fairmont Park Elementary, Shanti was tired of driving her children to and from school every day and began researching other options. After surveying other parents in her neighborhood, she found consensus to try a different idea: a Walking School Bus, where children walk en masse to and from school with at least one adult. Several Walking School Bus routes took shape and soon more than 30 students on four routes began participating. Because parents share the escort responsibilities, Shanti only “drives” the Walking School Bus once a week, an arrangement that she says is a “combination of usefulness and fun” for her and her children. The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) appreciates such pa- rental involvement and inspiration and is working to develop more options. SDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program actively works with parents to fos- ter projects that make school commutes on foot and bike safer and more accessible to more families. Both projects received financial help from the Safe Routes to School Mini Grant Program, purchasing safety vests, stick- ers and signs, and funding the bike rack installation. Further Resources SDOT: Safe Routes to School Guide saferoutes_actionplan.htm National Center for Safe Routes to School Seattle Contact Information Brian Dougherty Safe Routes to School Coordinator 206/684-5124 A+ for School Kids By Josh Hoff 6 | UrbanStreets Seattle It’s Fun to Bike and Walk! 4 Super Low-Cost Ideas for Safe Routes to School Mini Grants CROSSING FLAGS Help decide where to place the flags and flag buckets START A SCHOOL PATROL Help train and supervise student safety patrol members PERFORM A WALKING AUDIT Find the streets that need the most help from the City START A WALKING SCHOOL BUS Snag a bunch of safety vests, pins and signs 1 2 3 4 SRTS SEATTLE F2016 SWFIN.indd 2 11/29/16 4:07 PM