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Safe Routes To School





What is Safe Routes to School?

The mission of the Takoma Safe Routes to School program is to make it safe for students to walk and bike to school. The program serves students and families at Takoma Park, Piney Branch, Rolling Terrace, and East Silver Spring Elementary Schools, and Takoma Park Middle School.

Safe Routes to School is a federal grant managed by the Maryland State Highway Administration.  The City of Takoma Park has been awarded a Safe Routes to School grant in every cycle since 2006.  Current grants, below, are awarded at 80% from State Highway and require a 20% match from the City:

Enhancing Biking and Bike Safety in Takoma Park — $62,450.

This grant was awarded in the summer of 2020. The grant term will begin when the Memorandum of Understanding is signed by both parties.

Non-Infrastructure only: This grant includes a bike safety education and learn to ride program including a fleet of 8-10 bikes and associated materials for each school in the program. In addition, a feasibility study for a Traffic Garden in Takoma Park will help determine if we can build a space for students and families to safely learn to ride. Post Covid safety messaging will also be funded through this grant.

The Takoma Park Improvement Project 2020 — $108,118.

This grant term began on January 1, 2020 and will run for 2 years.

Non-Infrastructure only: Initially the measures of the grant  included Walk to School Day; Bike Rodeos; Cross Safe, Cross Smart workshops; Bike to School Day and  iCan Shine Bike Camps. Due to the current health emergency, the grant activities will be offered in a virtual format with an option for in-person activities, when advisable.

The Lincoln Avenue Project — $738,300.

The grant term began in July, 2018 and will end when the Lincoln Avenue sidewalk is completed.

Infrastructure: Lincoln Avenue between Jackson and Elm, with enhancements to adjoining intersections.

Non-Infrastructure: Walk to School Day; Bike Rodeos, Cross Safe- Cross Smart, Bike to School Day, iCan Shine Bike Camp and safety related enforcement in the school zones.  All programmatic activities are completed.


To learn more about any of the Safe Routes to School programs, contact the Safe Routes to School Coordinator at






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“For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it.”Amanda Gorman

Get a FREE limited edition, long sleeved We Belong Here: Takoma Park Equity Walk t-shirt with Amanda Gorman’s inspirational words on the front!

Here’s how:

  1. Grab a friend or family member.
  2. Find the We Belong Here experience at the Community Center or on Anne Street.
  3. Scan the QR code to pull up the story map.
  4. Follow the prompts for physical activity and discussion. 
  5. Fill out the survey.
  6. Look for your t-shirt in the mail! 

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