Safe Routes to School Program



Public Hearing for the Safe Routes to School Program Special Fund 

The state Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of the proposed Chapter 19-109, Hawaii Administrative Rules, “Safe Routes to School Program Special Fund.”  Safe routes to school (SRTS) is an international effort to increase safety and promote walking and bicycling to school.  The purpose of the proposed rules is to implement Hawaii Revised Statutes section 291C–4.  This would provide funds to plan, develop, implement and evaluate SRTS infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects. 

The public hearing will be held on November 21, 2013 at 9 a.m., by video conference at the following Department of Transportation Highways Division district offices:

Oahu District
727 Kakoi Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819

Hawaii District
50 Makaala Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Kauai District
1720 Haleukana Street
Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Maui District
650 Palapala Drive
Kahului, Hawaii 96732

All are welcomed to present their views. Written comments will be accepted until December 2, 2013, at the following address:

Hawaii Department of Transportation
Highways Division
Traffic Branch
601 Kamokila Boulevard, Room 602
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707

A copy of the proposed rules may be requested by calling 692-7696 or can be viewed online at

Persons with disabilities requiring special assistance should call 692-7696 at least 10 days before the hearing.  

Creating a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plan 

Creating a SRTS plan is an important step in creating a SRTS program.  See the document below for a list of information the DOT suggests including in a SRTS plan. 

Creating a SRTS Plan – Guidance 2013-2.pdf

Upcoming Workshops

DOT offered free informational workshops about the SRTS program on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii during the period from September to November 2012.  Future workshop information will be posted here.


The goals of the federal SRTS program are:

  1. enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school;
  2. make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and
  1. facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

The program makes funding available for a wide variety of infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects, from building safer street crossings to establishing programs that encourage children and their parents to walk and bicycle safely to school.


The following projects have been selected to receive federal SRTS funds.

Infrastructure Awards





Actual Cost


Princess Nahienaena Elementary School Safe
Routes to School Project

County of Maui




Kamalii Elementary School Safe Routes
to School Project

County of Maui/Keonekai Neighborhood




Non-Infrastructure Awards





Actual Cost


Non-Infrastructure Public Service Announcements

State of Hawaii DOT




Safe Routes to School Awareness Project

State of Hawaii Department of Education

 $ 13,300



West Hawaii Safe Routes to School Program

Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH)

 $ 34,246



Ride to Live, Live to Ride

Honolulu Police Department




SRTS for Dole Middle School

Kokua Kalihi Valley

 $ 13,500


*Project has not yet been completed and closed. 


National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS)
This site includes resources from the federal SRTS program’s clearinghouse such as: information about existing programs, downloadable materials, links to other resources, and the following:

        Safe Routes to School Guide
        A comprehensive SRTS guide with resources organized by topic.

        Resources for Gathering and Using Data about Safe Routes Programs
        Resources for data collection and evaluation, including standardized data
        collection forms and an online report generation system.

The SRTSNC also operates:

        International Walk to School events in the USA
        The official Walk to School event site for the USA includes step-by-step planning
        information; resources and an online participant registration.

       International Walk to School events worldwide
       This site describes activities occurring around the world and displays
       event photos.

       A tool to help communities build and share walking and biking routes to school.

Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety Safe Routes to School
Describes federal SRTS program guidance and funding levels.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Pedestrian and bicycle safety programs are in the “traffic safety” section and include downloadable materials and data.


For additional information on the SRTS federal program in Hawaii, contact:

Tara Lucas,Safe Routes to School Coordinator
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division
601 Kamokila Blvd, Rm 602
Kapolei, HI 96707
Phone: (808) 692-7696