Seattle, WA, models strategies for equitably advancing safe walking and biking for youth

Winner of the 2022 Vision Zero for Youth Leadership Award! View the press release. Watch a recap of the award presentation (3 minute video).

A young biker travels across a crosswalk and behind a "Street Closed" sign.

School Street at Genessee Hill Elementary School. Source: SDOT.

In 2022, the city of Seattle received the National Center for Safe Routes to School’s Vision Zero for Youth Leadership Award for taking bold steps to reach zero pedestrian and bicyclist serious injuries and deaths among children and youth. The award committee particularly noted the City’s work in creating a racial equity vision specifically for its Safe Routes to School Program; using a comprehensive approach to managing speeds; creating School Streets and Stay Healthy Streets that prioritize people rather than cars; and assuring that every elementary and middle school student receives walking and biking safety education every year. Since 2014, there has not been a child under 18 killed while walking or biking on Seattle’s streets. Learn more about Seattle’s work to prioritize safe walking and biking for youth, particularly in underserved areas, in our case study for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.