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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: Construction and non-infrastructure grants and technical assistance. Construction 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.

Advisory Committee

The Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee, or SRAC, consists of approximately 15 volunteers who have been appointed by the ODOT Director. The committee meets at least quarterly and is charged with recommending projects for funding in ODOT's Safe Routes to School Construction and Non-Infrastructure Grant Programs. The committee is advisory to the Oregon Transportation Commission and ODOT

Active Grant Solicitations

The Rapid Response Infrastructure Grant Program is now open for applications.

The Project Identification Program is now open through 11:59pm August 31, 2020.

The Competitive Construction Program is now open through 11:59pm August 31, 2020.

Non-Infrastructure Program

Construction Program

ODOT's Safe Routes to School Construction Programs focus on addressing barriers to students walking and rolling to school. 

Project Administration


Non-Infrastructure Program

Heidi Manlove
Program Manager

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

Construction Program

LeeAnne Fergason
Safe Routes to School Program Manager

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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