Thurston County Public Health & Social Services works
together with local partners to bring Safe Routes to School
and related projects to schools throughout the county.
The goal of the project is to increase the physical activity
among school-age children by encouraging, and educating
about, walking and bicycling to school as well as traffic
This school year
(2013-2014) and the previous one, our focus thanks to a
Community Transformation Grant has been on making
improvements to the Tanglewilde-Thompson Place neighborhood
and supporting walking to school at Lydia Hawk Elementary
School and Nisqually Middle School. We held Walk to
School Day on October 9th, 2013 at both
schools, with over 300 children and family members
participating, plus many school staff. A
task force led by Safe Kids Thurston County has made
environmental improvements to the local neighborhood,
including clearing and resurfacing walking paths, installing
lighting, and adding safety and wayfinding signage. We aim
to build on these successes in partnership with North
Thurston Public Schools.
The health department
began work on a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
project to bring Safe Routes to School to two North Thurston
Public School elementaries in 2010. The project identified
environmental and policy changes needed to support the
increase of these active ways of getting to and from
school. Lacey Elementary School began its project in the
fall of that first year and held assemblies and kick-off
walk and bicycle to school days in spring and fall of 2011.
Mountain View Elementary also participated during the
2011-2012 school year.
TCPHSS works together
with Thurston Regional Planning Council, Intercity Transit,
Safe Kids Thurston County and local school districts to
implement the Healthy Kids / Safe Streets Action Plan.
For more information about that effort,
please contact TRPC at (360) 956-7575, or to visit their webpage for the project,
For more national information about Walk to School Day,
To find out more from the National Center for Safe Routes
to School information, go to