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Traffic Reminders

Bainbridge Island School District reopens its schools on September 1, 2021, and predicts an increase in vehicle traffic around school sites during students’ morning arrivals and afternoon dismissals.

“While we are excited to bring students back to our schools full-time, we recognize the impact our schools have on the local traffic,” said Dane Fenwick, BISD Director of Facilities & Operations. “We ask for the community’s patience as we work through traffic challenges.”

To help mitigate traffic congestion, BISD is doing the following:

  • Encouraging students to walk or ride bikes (when it can be done so safely)
  • Extending the morning arrival window by five minutes at each school
  • Coordinating with Bainbridge Island Police Department to send community NIXEL alerts during the first part of September
  • Creating site-specific routes to help expedite student drop-off and pick-up times in an efficient manner

 

Bainbridge Island residents are encouraged to be aware of peak times (outlined below) and when possible, select alternative routes. 



SCHOOL

IMPACTED ROADS

EST. MORNING PEAK TIMES (Monday-Friday)

EST. AFTERNOON PEAK TIMES (Tuesday-Friday)

EST. AFTERNOON PEAK TIMES (Monday)

Blakely Elementary

Blakely Avenue and Baker Hill Road

7:30 - 8 a.m.

2:10 - 2:40 p.m.

12:40 - 1:10 p.m.

Ordway Elementary

Madison Avenue N and New Brooklyn Road 

7:30 - 8 a.m.

2:10 - 2:40 p.m.

12:40 - 1:10 p.m.

Wilkes Elementary

Madison Ave. NE and Day Road

7:30 - 8 a.m.

2:10 - 2:40 p.m.

12:40 - 1:10 p.m.

Sakai Intermediate School

Sportsman Club Road and New Brooklyn Road

8:35 - 9:05 a.m.

3:15-3:45 p.m.

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Woodward Middle School

Sportsman Club Road and New Brooklyn Road 

8:40 - 9: 10 a.m.

3:20-3:50 p.m.

1:50 - 2:20 p.m.

Commodore Options School

Madison Ave. N and High School Road

Minimal impact due to the size of the school

Minimal impact due to the size of the school

Minimal impact due to the size of the school

Bainbridge High School

Madison Ave. N and High School Road

8:25 - 8:55 a.m.

3:05 - 3:35 p.m.

1:35 - 1:55 p.m.


Student safety is paramount and here are some reminders of school-related traffic laws:

  • When a school bus stop paddle is activated, motorists and cyclists in both directions must stop
  • Between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., speed limits in school zones are 20 miles per hour
  • Washington’s pedestrian law states:
    • Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and signs
    • Pedestrians must use sidewalks when they are available. If sidewalks aren’t available, pedestrians must walk on the left side of the roadway facing traffic
    • Vehicles must stop at intersections to allow pedestrians to cross within a marked or unmarked crosswalk
    • Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or with an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection must yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway