The Ada County Highway District wants to encourage and enable more children to walk
or bike to school. ACHD has worked with every school district in Ada County to make
safe routes to school improvements. ACHD has also assisted private schools. As part
of that outreach, the District has evaluated areas around schools with school officials
to help identify routes.
ACHD has installed a variety of features over the years to make it safer to walk
to school. Those improvements include school speed zone flashing beacons,
paths and sidewalks as well as raised curbs, which provide a physical separation
between pedestrians, bikes and motorists.
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list of all types of ACHD projects.
If you have questions regarding Safe Routes to School
projects, please contact Brooke Green, ACHD Senior
Transportation Planner, 387-6318 or
Educating children and parents about safe routes and walking and biking safety is
another part of the safe routes to school effort. ACHD
participates in events to promote safe walking and
biking to school.
Safety Buttons are available to school age children for free. The buttons blink
and reflect, making children more visible. For a free Safety Button contact us through this Tell Us.
ACHD offers help to parents and children who are looking for a safe route to school.
You can request a personalized map and route by contacting Brooke Green at 387-6318,
or email her at
A local effort:
ACHD devotes local funds and resources to provide safe
routes to school in Ada County. ACHD’s efforts go above and beyond the Federal Highway
Administration (FHWA)’s Safe Routes to School Program, which makes federal funding
available through grants. ACHD applies for federal grants, but has historically
been a leader in locally funded safe routes to school improvements.
ACHD has constructed many safe routes to school improvements near Washington Elementary
in Boise, including a pedestrian signal in front of the school, school speed zone
flashing beacons, curb extensions, as well as four-way stops.
Improved crosswalks: 150 crosswalks at school and pedestrian
crossing locations throughout the county are now marked with a special thermal plastic
tape. The plastic is placed in wide strips similar to a ladder and in addition to
being more visible, lasts longer than crosswalks marked in paint. ACHD devoted $140,000
to these safety improvements.