Call for Applications: 2016 Safe Routes to School Award

Call for Applications:  2016 Safe Routes to School Award

The National Center for Safe Routes to School now welcomes applications for the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award. This award recognizes outstanding achievement by a local Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program that has improved the safety or increased the number of elementary and/or middle school students who safely walk and bicycle to school. Particular consideration will be given to applicants who have made active transportation to/from school an integral part of school culture over time, especially in places with great need.

This year the award will be given in recognition of the 10 year anniversary of the Federal Safe Routes to School Program. It will be presented in collaboration with the National Safe Routes to School Conference being held April 5-7, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

The application deadline is Thursday, February 18, 2016, at midnight Eastern Time.  To learn more about the call for applications and for application instructions, visit http://saferoutesinfo.org/srts-award-2016.

 

About the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award

The Award is named for James L. Oberstar, former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (2007-2011) and former U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District (1975-2011), to honor his dedication to American schoolchildren as the pioneer for the Federal Safe Routes to School Program. Mr. Oberstar sponsored the Safe Routes to School legislation in 2005 that strived to create safe settings to enable more children and parents to walk and bicycle to school.

Programs around the country have received the Safe Routes to School Award:

·         2012: Chagrin, Falls Safe Routes to School Program (Chagrin Falls, OH)

·         Special Recognition:

o   The City of Takoma Park (Takoma Park, MD)

o   Brightwood Elementary School (Springfield, MA)

o   Corrales Elementary School (Corrales, NM)

·         2011: Heatherwood Elementary School (Boulder, CO)

o    Omro Middle School (Omro, WI)

·         2010: Alpine Elementary School (Alpine, UT)

·         2009: Ben W. Murch Elementary School (Washington, D.C.)

·         2008: Bear Creek Elementary School (Boulder, CO)

·         2007: Michigan Department of Transportation (Lansing, MI)