The Safe Routes to School and Priority Analysis document (Plan) was originally developed in 2015 in cooperation with the Pierce County Council, and the Bethel, Franklin Pierce, and Puyallup School Districts. This 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 improve school walking routes by constructing sidewalks near schools. Staff at the Office of the County Engineer formally updated the Plan in late 2016.
Key components of the Plan include school district data such as designated walking routes and enrollment information, prioritized lists of projects, project cost, potential funding sources, and identification of potential barriers and risks to successful project implementation. The Plan will guide future coordinated efforts such as grant applications to improve school walking route facilities. The projects listed within the Plan are not recommended for funding at this time, they are simply included for planning purposes.
Through a commitment to ongoing communication and a team approach, we can work together to minimize risk to children 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.