News Briefs

Active Living Resource Center Report examines City-Safe Routes to School

The Active Living Resource Center recently conducted a pilot study on the City-Safe Routes to School, a program for diverse populations in heavily urbanized environments. According to its Web site, the ALRC began work in 2006 on a SRTS program for diverse populations in heavily urbanized environments where schools are typically located in the middle of cities with row homes, multi-family dwellings and industrial neighbors. The idea was not to stop what was already happening but rather to make sure that the distribution of SRTS resources particularly the federal money and all of the resources that accompany it addresses and reaches all of its intended targets, including the underserved.

For more information on the report, please visit here.  

WV Governor presents about $1 million in SRTS program grants

On May 31, 2007, West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin joined representatives from the West Virginia Division of Highways and the Federal Highway Administration's West Virginia Division Office to award about $1 million in Safe Routes to School program grants to 11 projects across West Virginia.

"Sidewalks around schools need to be well-maintained and safe for our children," the governor said. "The Safe Routes to School program will help communities build, update and maintain a safe route for pedestrians. Not only will we encourage children to walk or bicycle to school, we will also improve safety and may even reduce traffic around schools. Put simply, this is a win-win for everyone involved for teachers, school personnel, children and parents."

For more information on the West Virginia Safe Routes to School program, please visit here.

California DOT awards $45 million for 88 SRTS programs

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has awarded $45 million to California cities and counties to fund 88 projects for Safe Routes to School, a program designed to provide infrastructure and education to give students easier and healthier ways to safely travel to and from schools.

California expects to receive $68 million in federal funding for Safe Routes to School over the program's five-year lifespan. 70 percent of funds will go toward infrastructure projects like new crosswalks and signage; 20 percent will be allocated to non-infrastructure projects such as faculty and student education; and 10 percent will be used to develop standardized training, promotional materials, curriculums, and other resources.

Safe Routes to School benefits children in grade or middle schools, and improvements to the infrastructure must be made within two-miles of a school.

For the list of funded projects by region, visit here.

NCSRTS and ITE to offer Safe Routes to School Web seminars

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is partnering with the Institute of Transportation Engineers to offer a series of Safe Routes to School Web seminars July 10-12, 2007. The series includes:

  • Overview of Safe Routes to School Program
  • Identifying Barriers and Engineering Solutions to Safe Routes to School
  • School Area Traffic Controls

The seminars focus on the transportation professional's role in creating safe routes to school. Registration for the series is $200. Individual course registration is $75 for each module. Early registration closes July 6. To register and for detailed course descriptions, go here.