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Safe Routes to School Programs

“Safe Routes to School” refers to efforts that improve, educate, or encourage children safely walking (by foot or mobility device) or biking to school. The Oregon Department of Transportation has two main types of Safe Routes to School programs: infrastructure and non-infrastructure. Infrastructure programs focus on making sure safe walking and biking routes exist through investments in crossings, sidewalks and bike lanes, flashing beacons, and the like. Non-infrastructure programs focus on education and outreach to assure awareness and safe use of walking and biking routes. Investments include developing Safe Routes to School Action Plans, educating students on walking and biking options and how to do use them safely (laws, rules, and guidelines), among other efforts.

ODOT's Safe Routes to School programs are focused on providing grants to make it safer for Oregon’s children to walk or bike to school, providing opportunity and encouragement. ODOT also houses information resources and provides some technical support. Information about the grant programs and resources are provided below.

From 2005-2012 there was dedicated federal funding for Safe Routes to School infrastructure and non-infrastructure. When that went away, ODOT and the Oregon Transportation Commission used its discretion to continue some dedicated funding for non-infrastructure. Although there was no dedicated funding for infrastructure, several Safe Routes to School projects successfully competed for funding over the years.

In 2017, the Oregon Legislature passed the landmark transportation funding package (HB2017) which dedicates infrastructure funding once again to Safe Routes to School. Funding will flow into the Safe Routes to School Fund (ORS 184.740), guided by Rule (OAR 737-025). The new funding source for infrastructure money is state highway funds. These have different constitutional restrictions than federal funds and the Rule must be amended to make it consistent with state laws. Projects on school grounds, bike racks, off-road improvements and planning studies will no longer be eligible for infrastructure funding. A Rulemaking Advisory Committee is currently working on revising the rule. ​

Non-Infrastructure Program

​The Transportation Safety Division announces the call for non-infrastructure Safe Routes to School grants.

The Transportation Safety Division​ has $300,000 available per year in non-infrastructure SRTS programs for the following funding periods:

FY2017 (October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017)
FY2018 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018)
FY2019 (October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019)

The available funding is being bundled for a three year window in order to allow applicants advance planning. This is a competitive call and applicants may apply for up to $50,000 per year for up to three years. Project funding will not exceed the available $300,000 per year.

There is a 12% match requirement (88% Federal funds, 12% local match).

The goals of a SRTS non-infrastructure program are to increase the ability and opportunity for children K-8 to:
Walk, roll and bike safely to and from school; 
Promote a culture of walking and biking to and from school while encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle; and
Facilitate planning, development and fuel consumption and air pollution within two miles of the school.

A SRTS program is built around the strategies of the six E's: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Equity, Evaluation, and Engineering. Note that this application is NOT for engineering projects, which are an activity of the ODOT STIP Enhance process.

Please read through the Non-Infrastructure Application Guidelines to learn about the priorities for this cycle.

FY2017 SRTS Non-Infrastructure Guidelines
FY2017 SRTS Non-Infrastructure Application
FFY Agreements and Assurances


​Complete the Oregon Action Plan Template
An approved Action Plan must be received for every K-8 that is affected by the project proposal at the time of application. The Plan initiates evaluation and community involvement activities that prepare the school to seek SRTS project funds through the state program, or to implement SRTS projects and activities with other funding sources.

Oregon SRTS Action Plan Template
Student Tally Sheet
Parent Survey Form - English
Parent Survey Form - Spanish

Student Hand Tally and Parent Survey Forms
The National Center for Safe Routes to School Clearinghouse is the source for the forms. If you cannot download the forms from this webpage, the hand tally, parent survey, form instructions and data tools descriptions are available at saferoutesinfo or under NCSRTS Resources (Evaluation) topic. The returned tally forms and survey forms may be entered directly online at or you may opt to mail in your surveys to the National SRTS Clearinghouse. For more information, visit the NCSRTS Resources (Evaluation) topic.

Recommendations developed from the Action Plan will range from infrastructure improvements to programmatic actions (education, encouragement and enforcement). The SRTS Program highly encourages infrastructure project applicants to also consider non-infrastructure (education, enforcement and evaluation components.

Say What You See - Is a new Safe Routes To School :30 TV PSA: Back to school time means more children and more cars on the road. This spot produced by Oregon Department of Transportation tells you how to play a game where everyone wins - children walking and biking to school, pedestrians, bicyclists, and all Oregonians — even Bigfoot!

​Let's Ride the School Bus - A tool for parents, teachers and school bus drivers. The video is a collaborative effort by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Safe Routes to School; the Oregon Department of Education, Pupil Transportation; and Commute Options.

Beacon Buddies Get a Brake - Funded by the Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Safe Routes to School and the U.S. DOT, this video demonstrates how rectangular, rapid flashing beacons work at a crosswalk.

​Whether it's an entire community event or parents meeting at a park to walk with their kids, participating in this event shows the many benefits of walking or biking to school.

Below are some materials you can use to promote walking and biking in your community.


Look Out for Kids


Rise and Shine

For more information and to find out who is participating in Oregon, visit the Walk+Bike website.


Infrastructure Program

The Oregon Transportation Commission, or OTC, has formed a Rulemaking Advisory Committee to amend the Oregon Safe Routes to School Rule (OAR 737-025). The purpose of the committee is to align the rule with new funding made available by recent state legislation, and consider how infrastructure funding for Safe Routes to School should be structured. The committee is advisory to the ODOT and the OTC.

Safe Routes to School Rulemaking Advisory Committee


Oregon Safe Routes to School supports the ODOT Safe Routes to School program and is funded through a grant. The website is a statewide approach to providing SRTS information with specific resources and stories from Oregon Communities.

Non-Infrastructure Program

Heidi Manlove
Program Manager

Transportation Safety Division
ODOT-TLC Building, MS 3
4040 Fairview Industrial Drive SE
Salem, OR 97302-1142

Infrastructure Program

Susan Peithman
Active Transportation Policy Lead

Transportation Development Division
ODOT – Mill Creek Building
555 13th Street NE
Salem, OR 97301

Related Links

Transportation Safety Action Plan
Statewide Policy Plans
Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

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