Case Study: Auburn, WA

In 1995, the Auburn School District linked concerns about the high cost of transportation and increased childhood obesity to create cooperation that has led to 20 percent of its district's students walking to school.

With a 2006 Safe Routes to School infrastructure grant for $121,770 from Washington Department of Transportation, the City of Auburn partnered with the Auburn School District to build sidewalks and bike lanes. Also, the District received an $185,000 SRTS infrastructure grant for Olympic Middle School to remedy safety concerns along a heavily traveled road. With these infrastructure grants, the school district has worked to increase physical activity among students at the schools...