Safe Routes to School Program




Upcoming Workshops

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) would like to announce Safe Routes to School (SRTS) informational workshops statewide. The SRTS workshops provide community leaders, school officials, health and transportation professionals, law enforcement officers, parents and neighbors with the knowledge needed to develop SRTS programs in their communities.

Schedule information for the workshops statewide is:

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Wilson Elementary School, Library
4945 Kilauea Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816


Thursday, September 19, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
HDOT Maui District Office
650 Palapala Drive, Kahului, Hawaii 96732


Thursday, September 26, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Kapolei Middle School, Cafeteria
91-5335 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, Hawaii 96707


Tuesday, October 15, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Lihue Civic Center, Moikeha Conference Room
4444 Rice Street, Lihue, Hawaii 96766


Tuesday, October 22, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
State Office Building, Conference Rooms B and C
75 Aupuni Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720


Friday, October 25, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers
74-5044 Ane Keohokalole Highway, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740


Click here to register, or contact Tara Lucas at 808-692-7696, or e-mail [email protected].gov.

Communities around the country are using SRTS programs to make it safer and more appealing for children to walk and bicycle to school. Federal legislation has recognized the value of SRTS programs and has provided funding for states to establish programs.

SRTS programs grow from community concerns about safety, health and traffic. A combination of engineering, encouragement, education, and enforcement strategies are used to address these concerns and make SRTS a reality.

Workshop participants will gain the knowledge to develop sound SRTS programs based on community needs and conditions, best practices and responsible use of resources.

Below is an overview of the workshop agenda.
• Why SRTS matters
• Engineering
• Education and encouragement
• Enforcement
• Evaluation
• Pick-up and drop-off area strategies
• SRTS federal, state and county programs
• How communities make SRTS happen

This workshop is accessible for individuals with disabilities. If you need an auxiliary aid/service or other accommodation due to a disability, contact Tara Lucas at 692-7696, or e-mail [email protected]. Requests made as early as possible will allow adequate time to fulfill your request. Upon request, this notice can be made available in alternate formats.


The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) manages the federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, which has the following goals:

  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.



Schools and communities interested in SRTS should see the handout below that provides guidance on creating a SRTS program.

How Communities Make SRTS Happen (pdf file)

In addition, the slideshow presentation below provides an overview of the SRTS program in Hawaii.

Overview of SRTS in Hawaii (pdf file)

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


The following projects were previously selected to receive federal SRTS funds provided by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).


Infrastructure Awards







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



4/10/2014 Island-Wide Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Crosswalks and Sidewalk Improvements County of Kauai $251,500 Ongoing
4/10/2014 King Kaumualii School SRTS Phase 1 County of Kauai $416,540 Ongoing
4/10/2014 Koloa Safe Routes Phase 2 County of Kauai $490,875 Ongoing
4/10/2014 Paia School Frontage Improvements County of Maui $502,443 Ongoing
4/10/2014 Paia School Sidewalk Improvements County of Maui $455,495 Ongoing
9/19/2016 Kailua Bicycle Boulevard Keolu Drive To Kailua Road City and County of Honolulu $500,000 Ongoing
10/28/2016 Kalaheo School SRTS Phase 1 County of Kauai $499,458 Ongoing


Non-Infrastructure Awards






5/30/2008 Non-Infrastructure Public Service Announcements State of Hawaii DOT



5/30/2008 Safe Routes to School Awareness Project State of Hawaii Department of Education

 $ 13,280


6/9/2008 West Hawaii Safe Routes to School Program Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH)

 $ 34,231


6/9/2008 Ride to Live, Live to Ride Honolulu Police Department



6/10/2008 SRTS for Dole Middle School Kokua Kalihi Valley

 $ 12,226


4/10/2014 Fern Elementary School SRTS Michaels Community Services Corporation dba Better Tomorrows



4/10/2014 Putting Our Plans to Work PATH – Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii



4/10/2014 Get Fit Kauai SRTS University of Hawaii at Manoa Office of Public Health Studies



7/29/2016 Campaign to Utilize Safe Routes to Wilson Elementary Wilson Elementary School


Completed but not closed

9/13/2018 Hawaii Island Schools Bicycle and Pedestrian Education and Safety Program PATH – Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii $34,860 Ongoing



In addition to the SRTS federal funds, HDOT manages the SRTS program special fund, which consists entirely of state funds collected as traffic violation surcharges. Chapter 19-109, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), “Safe Routes to School Program Special Fund” can be viewed online at

As required by Chapter 19-109, HAR, the amounts shown in the table below were distributed, or shall be distributed, from the SRTS program special fund to the following counties.


State Fiscal Year City and County of Honolulu County of Hawaii County of Kauai County of Maui Total
Amount Date of Transfer Amount Date of Transfer Amount Date of Transfer Amount Date of Transfer Amount
2014 $317,801 3/2015 $94,329 6/2014 $86,463 6/2014 $101,406 6/2015 $600,000
2015 $158,901 6/2015 $47,165 6/2015 $43,232 7/2015 $50,703 6/2015 $300,000
2016 $582,635 8/2016 $172,937 6/2016 $158,516 6/2016 $185,911 5/2016 $1,100,000
2017 $291,318 7/2017 $86,469 5/2017 $79,258 6/2017 $92,956 6/2017 $550,000
2018 $291,318 5/2018 $86,469 4/2018 $79,258 4/2018 $92,956 4/2018 $550,000
2019 $287,409 5/2019 $87,330 4/2019 $77,677 4/2019 $97,584 4/2019 $550,000


National Center for SRTS
This site includes resources for data collection and evaluation including standardized data collection forms and an online report generation system, information about existing programs including the Vision Zero for Youth initiative and links to other resources.

SRTS Guide
A comprehensive SRTS guide provided by the National Center for SRTS with resources organized by topic.

National Bike to School Day events
International Walk to School events in the USA
The National Center for SRTS also coordinates International Walk to School Day in the USA each October and National Bike to School Day each May.  This site includes resources such as promotional materials, safety tips and event planning guides, which can be used for walk and bike event planning year-round.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Pedestrian and bicycle safety materials and data are in the “road safety” section.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Federal clearinghouse of pedestrian and bicycle information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access and mobility.

SRTS National Partnership
A group of organizations that advocates for SRTS programs.  Distributes an e-newsletter with SRTS news and operates a listserv.

US Access Board
Design guidelines to assure accessibility for people with disabilities.

HDOT Pedestrian Safety Page for Educators
A simple and easy gateway for the busy teacher, driver’s education instructor and other educators to see what the different agencies in Hawaii offer in the way of pedestrian safety information for all ages.


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

State of Hawaii Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Tara Lucas
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (808)692-7696

For information on SRTS county programs, contact:

City and County of Honolulu Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

County of Hawaii Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Tina Clothier
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (808)561-9212

County of Kauai Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Bev Brody
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (808)212-4765

County of Kauai Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Lee Steinmetz
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (808)241-4978

County of Maui Safe Routes to School Coordinator
Kurt Watanabe
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (808)270-7745