Washington Traffic Safety Commission’s annual grant solicitation

Washington state is building traffic safety partnerships throughout the state to align priorities and leverage resources to improve traffic safety. The Target Zero Plan is the result of this work and represents Washington’s strategic roadmap for eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by the year 2030. The Target Zero Plan provides a comprehensive framework with specific priorities, goals, and strategies.

Successful grant proposals are aligned with the Target Zero priorities and utilize its proven strategies or consist of innovative strategies with an accompanying evaluation plan. Typically, grants range in amounts from $5,000 to $150,000.

Proposals for FFY2018 are due on February 10, 2017.

More information (PDF)

Metro Regional Safe Routes to School Framework now available for download

Now available! Metro Regional Safe Routes to School Framework, a project that collected data about current and historic funding and programming for school travel initiatives; identified the schools with the greatest need for safety improvements, the greatest potential impact, and equity needs; produced School Area Maps for each school in the Portland Metro region; identified best practices for regional Safe Routes to School programs; and proposed next steps for Metro regional government to support local jurisdictions’ efforts around Safe Routes to School and school transportation.

The final report, as well as School Area Maps for each district, can be found and downloaded here.

WA: Grant Funding for School Districts Currently Available

School Districts in Washington, take note. Cascade Bicycle Club and Feet First are offering a mini grant program to get more kids moving more. Let them support your efforts to increase the number of children bicycling and walking to school — funding is available to 25 schools or school districts across WA toward this goal.

Applications Due: currently accepting applications on a rolling basis. (Note work must be completed by June 1, 2017.)

Recipient Eligibility: Public schools grades 5th-8th in Washington State are eligible for funding, however only one award will be made per district. Single schools can apply OR a district can apply if it is confident that it can serve more than one school and fulfill the program requirements. Highest priority will be given to eligible schools who have not already received Safe Routes to School funding.

Funding may be used for:
● Safety Equipment (e.g. flags, vests, reflectors, bike bells, etc.)
● Stipends for walking school bus or bike train coordinator (Only eligible if your school/ district has a higher rate of free and reduced lunch recipients than the state average. In 2016 the state average is 44%.)
● Outreach and Awareness (advertisements, posters, mailings, fliers)
● Bike Helmets

Don’t miss this great opportunity to boost safety, outreach, and awareness of safe school travel! Read the full eligibility criteria and download the application (pdf).

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On safety and driving…

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is shocked and saddened by the news that, across the nation, traffic crash injuries and fatalities are up significantly this year. By disturbing comparison, in the first half of 2016, the number of people killed by traffic crashes in the US equals

  • Half the population of Keizer, OR; or
  • All but 1,000 people who make Milwaukie, OR their home; or
  • Every single person living in Battleground, WA; or
  • Full capacity Portland Timbers’ Providence Park stadium.
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source: Bike PGH

In the Pacific Northwest region, our hearts are broken and we stand with the families and communities that have recently felt this too close to home, with several youth involved in serious and fatal traffic crashes this month alone.

It is critical that our communities provide students in all communities with safe routes to walk and bicycle to school. This means creating safe environments and teaching safety skills to people who walk, bicycle, and drive.

The National Partnership, together with our community partners, recommends the following improvements and policy changes to increase safety for students walking and bicycling, both short and long term:

  • Sidewalks and bicycle-paths that connect homes with schools
  • Student-friendly opportunities to cross streets – such as the presence of adult crossing guards, raised medians, traffic and pedestrian signals, and/or pathways that are safe, convenient, and accessible for students of all abilities
  • Slow vehicle speeds and yielding to pedestrians and bicyclists, accomplished through roadway safety measures (traffic calming), speed limit reductions, and/or police enforcement operations

Every day, millions of people and children safely walk and bike to school or other destinations in communities across the country. Walking and biking are important activities that bring countless benefits to individuals and communities as a whole — through increased physical activity, better health, longer lifespans, and stronger economies. Our work and the work of our community partners brings an urgent and immediate need to address conditions that can put students at risk as they are walking or rolling to school.

We are committed to continuing to work with the City of Portland and Safe Routes to School advocates in the region, through Vision Zero and other important policy, funding, and community-building work, to ensure safety for people bicycling and walking, everywhere and especially on the streets known to be dangerous and at high risk for crashes.

Funding Opportunity: Metro’s RFFA project funding now open

In May, Metro, the greater-Portland-area’s regional government, passed policy that metro_newfocuses investments in Safe Routes to School programming and street safety improvements near schools.

Metro has now announced the Call for Projects for the Regional Flexible Funds Allocation (RFFA). The application deadline is Friday, August 26, 2016. Approximately $33 million is available.

Eligible agencies can submit project applications for the two funding categories — active transportation/complete streets projects, and regional freight investments. The 25 cities and three counties of the Portland metropolitan area, along with transit agencies, parks and recreation districts, the Port of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation are eligible to apply for funds to support projects in their jurisdictions.

Jurisdictions interested in funding street safety improvements that will allow more students to walk or roll to school should take note: TriMet and Metro have committed to work together on means to swap a portion of these federal regional flexible funds for local funds. Local funds are often better suited to build Safe Routes to School-supportive infrastructure due to the lower level of requirements attached to their use. More details will become available (prior to the application deadline in August) as the two agencies develop this agreement.

For program guidelines, application forms, and other details regarding this Call for Projects, please visit Metro’s Regional Flexible Funds applicant’s page. If you have any questions, please contact regional flexible funds allocation project manager Dan Kaempff at daniel.kaempff@oregonmetro.gov or 503-813-7559.

Two May Votes Bring Big Investments in Safe Routes to School

Two days after the City of Portland’s voters passed a 10¢ gas tax to fund street safety improvements including $8 million for needed crosswalks and sidewalks around Portland schools, the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, Metro, voted to also make a large, dedicated investment in Safe Routes to School for our region’s youth.

The For Every Kid Coalition, of which we are a founding member, represents 89 coalition partners, 9 school districts, 5 cities, and thousands of parents, youth, and residents of all ages, spanning all three counties in the Portland Metro region. Due to the tenacious work of this coalition over the past two years, targeting dedicated funding for Safe Routes to School investments in the region, Oregon Metro’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) voted to allocate a dedicated investment in Safe Routes to School.

The final vote dedicated $500,000 per year for Safe Routes to School programming, plus at least $2 million for street improvements near Title 1 (low-income) schools, and trails. The vote also preserved $25.76 million for walking and biking street safety projects across the region.

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About the For Every Kid Coalition
The For Every Kid Coalition formed in 2014 to focus on gaining dedicated funding for Safe Routes to School programming and street safety projects. The following organizations are members of the coalition: Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO); Safe Routes to School National Partnership; American Heart Association; Oregon Walks; OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon (OPAL); Coalition For A Livable Future; Community Cycling Center, the Community Alliance of Tenants, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), and many more.

Oregon’s Action Plan for Transportation Safety – Online Open House closes 2/9

In 2015, we witnessed a spate of tragic events unfolding, as the lives of more than 75 pedestrians in Oregon were lost due to traffic violence — a 40% increase over 2014, which had also seen an increase over 2013 numbers.

While we continue to look for and find ways to address the causes of this spreading traffic violence epidemic in Oregon, the Transportation Safety Action Plan (TSAP) has come up with a draft vision:

Oregon envisions no deaths or life-changing injuries on our transportation system by 2035.

– TSAP Draft Vision

The Oregon Draft TSAP (pdf) is now available. The Plan is one of several statewide plans that define and implement the state’s goals, policies, strategies, and key initiatives for transportation. Other plans include the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, which is also currently open for comment.

source: Bike PGH

source: Bike PGH

The TSAP currently has an Online Open House, which walks you through what the TSAP is and what will come out of this process, and provides some background on what the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has identified as factors contributing to fatal and serious injury crashes in Oregon for people driving motor vehicles, walking, or bicycling. Continue reading