Safe Routes to School in Tacoma
Why We Need Safe Routes to School in Tacoma
Between 2010 and 2014, 153 youth were hit while walking and 69 youth were hit while riding a bicycle. Every eight days a child is hit by a car while walking or bicycling in Tacoma. These crashes are happening in every corner of Tacoma, but some neighborhoods are more affected than others- namely the Hilltop, Eastside and Southend neighborhoods.
Read our full Safe Routes to School Report here.
December 2018 Safe Routes to School Update
Over the past two years, the community has come together with the City of Tacoma, Tacoma Public Schools, the AT COI, and countless partners, to develop the Safe Routes to School Action Plan outlining what’s needed to address this safety crisis.
On December 5th 2018, Tacoma City Council took the first of many important steps towards implementing the SRTS Action Plan by allocating funding to hire a full-time SRTS Coordinator as part of the mid-biennium budget adjustment for 2018. The SRTS Coordinator will lead efforts to work with the community to identify where safety improvements are needed, seek out additional grant funding for infrastructure improvements, develop and distribute maps highlighting safe walking and bicycling routes to schools, and support parents and school staff to organize SRTS programs and events.
We are excited to continue to partner with the City of Tacoma and work together as a community to make Tacoma's streets safer for young people to walk, bicycle, and skate to and from school!
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