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
In the past few years, thanks to prevention funding from the Washington
State Department of Health, we have focused 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
in October of both of the last two school years 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.
We work with Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC), 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 INFORMATION ON SAFE and active ROUTES TO SCHOOL:
Learn more about
National Walk to School Day.
Find out more about the National Center for Safe Routes to