Safe Routes to School Student Travel Tally

Updated September 5, 2023

About 30% of our K-5 students are walking or biking to school! 

To better support students in walking and biking to school and track annual progress, we work with Seattle Public Schools to conduct an annual travel tally in all elementary and K-8 schools during the first week of June.  

This collaboration has been ongoing on and off since 2005.  

In June 2023, we had a record number of schools participate with 54 elementary schools surveying students on how they get to and from school.  

On average, elementary schools across the city recorded an active transportation rate of 30%. This was 3% higher than the active transportation rate in 2015 and double the rate when the tally was first conducted in 2005!  

2023 Mode choice for K-5 students

Percent of of each mode students used for the year 2018

See the results of the annual student travel surveys:


Greg Spotts, Director
Address: 700 5th Ave, Suite 3800, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 34996, Seattle, WA, 98124-4996
Phone: (206) 684-7623

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The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is on a mission to deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities for everyone as we work to achieve our vision of Seattle as a thriving, equitable community powered by dependable transportation.