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"Walk and Roll" Program and Healthy Kids – Safe Streets Action Plan

Building a Generation of Safe and Healthy Walkers, Bicycle and Bus Riders

An essential function of the Thurston Regional Planning Council is the implementation of the Thurston Regional Transportation Plan.  Since 1993 that plan and TRPC members have had a keen interest in the role that trip reduction to and around schools plays in reaching plan goals for a transportation network that serves all modes of travel and functions safely and efficiently.


  • Build a generation of safe and healthy walkers, bicycle riders, and bus riders
  • Encourage regular physical activity to promote health and readiness to learn
  • Reinforce good traffic safety skills

Achieving these goals will:

  • Reduce the numbers of students driven to school 
  • Relieve traffic around schools
  • Promote safety

The Healthy Kids – Safe Streets Action Plan

The Healthy Kids – Safe Streets Action Plan is the result of regional school and community stakeholder ideas and Walk and Roll demonstration project findings.  The plan identifies strategies, programs and policies that address school, transportation and community health issues.

For information or to schedule a presentation contact Paul Brewster, Senior Planner or call


Healthy Kids Safe Streets Action Plan [pdf 2 MB]

Healthy Kids Safe Streets Appendix A - Draft School District and Local Plan Policy Recommendations [pdf 132 KB]

Healthy Kids Safe Streets Appendix B - Examples of Action Initiatives, Policies and Programs from Other Areas [pdf 82 KB]

Healthy Kids Safe Streets Appendix C - Planning for Schools & Liveable Communities – The Oregon School Siting Handbook - Recommendations [pdf 379 KB]

Healthy Kids Safe Streets Appendix D - Barriers to Walking and Bicycling to School (National Safe Routes to School Survey and Result of March 2010 Walk and Roll local school survey) [pdf 497 KB]

Healthy Kids Safe Streets Appendix E - Did You Know…. Statistics and Information Regarding Student Health, Safety and Readiness to Learn [pdf 69 KB]

Healthy Kids Safe Streets Appendix F - Summary of Ideas from fall 2009 – “Why Can’t Kids Walk and Bike to School – A Policy Maker Discussion and Brainstorming Session”  [pdf 285 KB]

Why Can't Kids Walk and Bike to School Presentation [pdf 569 KB]

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Did You Know...

By the end of the program’s first year 57% of students were walking or biking to school and only 17% arrived by car. At the beginning of the year 47% of students arrived by car and only 24% walked or cycled.

During the second year of the Walk & roll program at Peter G. Schmidt Elementary, walk and bike trips to school increased from 10% of students to 23% of students on event days.

25% of peak hour traffic is parents dropping students off at school.

50% of students living within a half mile of school are being driven to school.

If you have any questions about the regions Walk & Roll program contact 
Paul Brewster at or

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