Safe Routes to School Program





International Walk to School Day

On October 5, 2016, students, families, schools and community partners will bring light to safety concerns, celebrate the benefits of walking, and mark a special occasion – the 20th celebration of Walk to School Day in the USA.  Schools, parents and community members can now register their Walk to School Day event at  Ideas for planning an event are available at


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.

Why SRTS Matters and 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


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 Fern Elementary School



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





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 In process $50,703 6/2015 $300,000
2016 $582,635 in process $172,937 6/2016 $158,516 6/2016 $185,911 5/2016 $1,100,000


National Center for SRTS
The federal SRTS program’s clearinghouse.  This site includes resources such as: a comprehensive SRTS guide with resources organized by topic; resources for data collection and evaluation, including standardized data collection forms and an online report generation system; information about existing programs; state contact information; downloadable materials including fliers and pedestrian and bicyclist safety education, webinars and links to other resources.

The National Center also coordinates:
National Bike to School Day events
International Walk to School events in the USA
The official website for International Walk to School Day in the USA each October, National Bike to School Day each May and year-round walk and bike event planning. Site resources include promotional materials, safety tips, event planning guides, online event registration and a route mapping tool.

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


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