13,000 Seattle elementary students to receive walk and bike safety education
Today Mayor Ed Murray, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle Public Schools and Cascade Bicycle Club unveiled Seattle’s first-ever Safe Routes to School Five Year Action Plan, entitled Safe Streets, Healthy Schools and Communities.
A cornerstone of the Mayor’s plan includes a major investment in the expansion of Cascade Bicycle Club’s in-school bike education program.
The program will reach every third through fifth grader in Seattle Public Schools — nearly 13,000 students annually starting in the 2016-17 academic year. The three-week curriculum is also expanding to include walking safety and will align with the new state P.E and health standards.
“This program will provide youth with a life-long skill that will enable healthy choices and give children the freedom of safe biking skills,” said Cascade’s Executive Director Elizabeth Kiker.
The plan additionally includes investments in nine to 12 engineering projects at priority schools each year, encouragement for students, enforcement in partnership with Seattle Police, individual school empowerment and evaluation.