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Aiming for a Safer Way to School, Safe Routes to School Grant Applications Released

 

August 9, 2017



The Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is taking applications from schools, school districts, cities and towns, counties, and other eligible organizations for grants to help build infrastructure and expand non-infrastructure programs.

For the fiscal year 2017 – 2018 cycle of grants, SRTS will offer funding for education, enforcement, and encouragement projects that improve skills and knowledge about safely bicycling and walking to and from school for students from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Funding also is available for infrastructure projects to improve the built environment around elementary and middle schools that increase students' ability to walk and bicycle to school safely. Infrastructure projects are eligible for up to $350,000 in grant funding, with $2 million in total funds available. A total of $500,000 is available for projects that focus on education, enforcement, and encouragement.

Grants are awarded through a statewide, competitive process. Project selection will give consideration to schools with greater than 50% of the students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch.

The grant applications and instructions can be found online at http://www.codot.gov/programs/bikeped/safe-routes/funding-evaluation and are due November 1, 2017.

Examples of SRTS projects include: Train the Trainer programs for school-based bicycle and pedestrian education, Bicycle and pedestrian safety education and skills training, Bike rodeos, Crossing Guard Programs, Tires 'n Tennies Tuesdays or Walking 'n Wheeling Wednesdays encouragement programs, Walking School Bus and Bicycle Trains, Installation of new sidewalks, Placement of traffic signs, Pedestrian/Bicycle crossing improvements, On-street bicycle lanes, Bike racks

Another great way to engage students, parents, and communities is Walk to School Day, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary on October 4, 2017. Schools will be able to register online starting in late August at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org. Posters, stickers, bookmarks, and other promotional items are available through CDOT at https://goo.gl/forms/VHzDwWsyNIzFL1L22. Contact Leslie Feuerborn at (303) 757-9088 or e-mail at lesile.feuerborn@state.co.us.

 

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