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Washington State Department of TransportationPEDESTRIAN and BICYCLE SAFETY &SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL GRANT PROGRAMS2013-2015Prioritized Project List and Program UpdateHighways & Local Programs Division
December 2012
Contact Information
Kathleen Davis, H&LP Director, (360) 705-7871
WSDOT Highways & Local Programs2013-2015PEDESTRIAN and BICYCLE SAFETY &SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL GRANT PROGRAMSReport to the Washington State Legislature
In 2005, the Governor and Washington State Legislature increased the state’s role inimproving conditions for biking and walking by providing a grant program and relatedtechnical assistance services (ESSB 6091). Some federal funding has also beendedicated to these programs since the passage of SAFETEA-LU in 2005.The grant program supports pedestrian and bicycle safety projects such as pedestrianand bicycle paths, sidewalks, providing safe routes from residential areas to schools andtransit on state highways, city streets and county roads. The program is two-fold:1) Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety to address the nearly 400 statewide fatal and injurycollisions involving pedestrian and bicycles each year; and2) Safe Routes to School to address pedestrian and bicycle mobility and safety nearschools.WSDOT, through a criteria based process, has identified cost-effective projects andsubmits this informational report to the legislature.
2013-2015 Call for Projects
For the 2013-15 biennium, approximately $26 million in funding is anticipated to beawarded for the two programs and a total of $160 million in requests have beenreceived. The department received 146 Pedestrian and Bicycle projects from 120agencies and organizations totaling approximately $100 million and the departmentreceived 124 Safe Routes to Schools projects from 97 agencies and organizationstotaling approximately $60 million.WSDOT issued a press release January 2012, announcing a “call for projects” for theSafe Routes to School grant program and in March 2012 for the Pedestrian and BicycleProgram. Information on the grant programs was provided to all cities, counties, tribalcontacts, and to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction for distribution toschools and school districts throughout the state. To familiarize applicants with the grantprograms, WSDOT provided two webinars.Safe Routes to School grant proposals were due to the WSDOT by midnight on May 4,2012. Pedestrian and Bicycle grant proposals were due to the WSDOT by midnight onJune 30, 2012.
 3$-$20,000,000$40,000,000$60,000,000$80,000,000$100,000,000$120,000,00005-07 07-09 09-11 11-13*13-15
Pedestrian and Bicycle ProgramFunding Requested & Awarded
Total Funding RequestTotal Amount Funded05101520253005-07 07-09 09-11 11-13
Pedestrian and Bicycle ProgramProject Status
Summary - Washington’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Grant Program
Between 2005 and 2013, $32 million has been made available to 45 local agenciesfor 87 projects from the over $113 million in requests.
Over 70% of projects awarded in the first three cycles have been completed.
The program has improved over 80 individual known pedestrian risk locations.
To date, 45 projects have been completed, 41 are underway, and 1 was cancelled.
*Note: For the 2011-2013 grant cycle, WSDOT used an invitation process ratherthan a call for projects.

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