Safe Routes to School

ACHD's Program

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.  Safe Routes to School


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. 

Click to view a 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.ACHD Safety Button

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.

Your Safe Route
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.

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School Spotlight:  Washington Elementary

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.

Washington Elementary

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.