The Safe Routes to School Prioritization Analysis document (Plan) serves as a tool to guide future project partnerships between the County and school districts within the urban unincorporated areas of the County to increase school walking routes by constructing sidewalks within the walk zones.
It was initially published in 2015 in cooperation with the Pierce County Council, and the Bethel, Franklin Pierce, and Puyallup School Districts. Key components of the Plan include:
School district's prioritized list of projects
Estimated project costs
Potential funding sources
Analysis of potential barriers and risks (evaluation factors) associated with the projects
The Plan will guide future coordinated efforts such as grant applications for projects to improve school walking route facilities. The projects listed within the Plan are not currently funded for engineering or construction.
Through a commitment to ongoing communication and a team approach, we can work together to minimize risk to students as they travel to school. Improved safety, reduced congestion, cleaner air, healthier children and overall reduced costs are all benefits Pierce County citizens stand to gain.