Safe Routes to School

Walking Picture 2The City of Monroe is partnering with the Monroe School District (MSD) and Monroe High School's Career Technical Education (CTE) students to apply for the Washington State Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School grant. If awarded these funds, the City of Monroe will be able to improve the safety, walkability, and bikeability of local neighborhoods within the city limits. The City of Monroe and Monroe School District are collecting quantitative and qualitative data. The City will update this project page regularly to inform the community and solicit participation.

For more information about the Safe Routes to School Program through WSDOT visit this website: WSDOT

Walking Picture 1   Timeline

   - January or February: Call for projects
   - April: Applications due
   - December: WSDOT submits ranked list to state legislature

   - State legislature sets transportation funding level for 2025-2026
   - WSDOT confirms project details for those that will receive awards
   - July 1: WSDOT notifies applicants of award amounts

Progress So Far

The City and the MSD have held regular collaborative planning meetings at the Monroe High School (MHS). Marketing students from Ms. Vigus' class have drafted a survey and promotional material. The survey will collect community input on the safety of current walking and biking routes to school. The promotional material will be distributed at community events to spread awareness of this program and encourage involvement in the process.

Take the survey here: (survey coming soon)

Additionally, Derek Hann, project engineer, has partnered with Mr. Martin's engineering class at Monroe High School to identify locations around the City that the students felt could be improved. As a class, they developed a GIS map with pins designating specific areas. Derek followed up with the students to further discuss the method and reasoning behind the locations. This map has been integrated with the City's own GIS system and the information provided by the students will be used by the City to prioritize future traffic safety measures. The data will also be used to strengthen future grant applications for traffic safety measures around the city.
 GIS Map student map one

                                                           Red: Monroe City Limits Green: School data locations