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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.


Thank you to the families who came out to the Summer 2023 Traffic Gardens! More coming in 2024.

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


kids on bikes and scooters wearing bright colored helmets and practicing biking safety at a traffic garden. they are stopped at a 3-way stop intersection learning about stop signs and hand signals.


Families enjoyed temporary traffic gardens with their children in Summer 2023 at these Tacoma Public School sites. 



Summer 2023 Traffic Garden Pop-Up Events

The City of Tacoma’s SRTS Program hosted pop-up events at each location. Pop-up events were a community effort, in partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Housing Authority, and many other school and community partners. Students and adults learned traffic safety skills, received a free helmet, could have their youth bikes tuned-up with 2nd Cycle, and could borrow a bike or scooter during the event. 


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