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Traffic Gardens

Tacoma Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Traffic Gardens

A traffic garden is a mini streetscape for kids to practice traffic safety skills without cars. Traffic gardens are for children walking, bicycling, or using a scooter or skateboard. No motorized vehicles or devices are allowed on the traffic gardens, except wheelchairs.


Find Traffic Gardens in Tacoma - Summer 2023

In partnership with Washington State DSHS Traumatic Brain Injury Council and Tacoma Public Schools, the City of Tacoma is installing temporary traffic gardens at select Tacoma Public School sites. Installed using spray chalk, the temporary traffic gardens will last between three weeks to three months, depending on the weather.


Enjoy temporary traffic gardens with your child in Summer 2023 at these Tacoma Public School sites:



Traffic Garden Pop-Up Events

Learn traffic safety skills and get a free helmet* at these Traffic Garden Pop-up events:

  • Mann Elementary: Thursday, July 6 from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Upper parking lot. No cars will be allowed to park in the upper parking lot during the event.
  • Edison Elementary: Saturday, July 29 from 10 AM - 12 PM on the playground. Celebrate Pierce County Trails Day by walking, scootering, or biking along the Water Flume Line Trail before or after the event. 

The City of Tacoma’s SRTS Program will host pop-up events at each location. Pop-up events are a community effort, in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Housing Authority, and many other school and community partners.

*While supplies last!


Share your feedback on the Traffic Garden! 

Did you attend a pop-up event or visit a Tacoma Traffic Garden at another time? Please fill out this short form to let us know about your experience: 


Traffic Garden Feedback Form


Image of the layout of a traffic gardenYouth practicing crossing the street as pedestrians and stopping and yeilding while on scooters at a traffic gardenLayout of a small traffic garden at the People's Center in 2020