Welcome! This site is dedicated to developing a Safe Routes to School Master Plan for the City of Puyallup. The plan will identify and recommend infrastructure and program improvements to make walking or riding to school safer and more convenient for students. Working with the Puyallup School District, parents and kids - and drawing from similar plans across the country - the Safe Routes to School Plan will provide a solid foundation for future grants, community initiatives and agency collaboration. Track the plan’s progress and take part here!
Walk & Bike Benefits
Students that walk or bike enjoy these and other benefits:
Regular exercise helps kids build stronger bones, muscles and joints, and decreases the risk of obesity.
Students who walk to school tend to perform better academically than those who do not.
Daily activity helps form healthy habits that can last a lifetime.
Why Safe Routes?
Simply put, Safe Routes plans help make walking to school safer, easier, and more fun - so more kids (and their families) get in the habit of walking and cycling. Plus, families that walk their children to school often get to know others doing the same - boosting everyone’s sense of community.
Strategies typically reference the “Six E’s” of Safe Routes to School: Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement, Evaluation and Equity.
This plan will engage the community to identify and prioritize many types of projects - including those that Puyallup can achieve right away. Here’s a quick timeline:
September - October 2018 – Conditions research, engage folks during national “Walk & Bike to School” month.
November - January 2019 – Public meetings, develop draft strategies and project recommendations.
January 2019 – Public meetings, complete the draft plan.
February 2019 – Plan adoption, begin implementation!
Any idea - large or small - that makes walking and biking to schools easier is a potential project. Typical lower-cost projects include signing, striping, and crosswalk updates. Other ideas might emerge like corridor re-visioning, new trails, or other big ideas that could really reshape the community - but might also take the City more time to fund and construct. Regardless, it’s time to dream big and start making Puyallup even better! Check out the City’s recent Active Transportation Plan, “Puyallup Moves” for a preview your city’s non-motorized future.