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INDOT Seeking Public Input for Safe Routes to School
April 9, 2008 - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is asking schools and communities to propose projects and activities that make walking and biking to school safe, simple and enjoyable for Indiana school children.
This is the third year Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding will be available to local communities aiming to make bicycling and walking to school safe and routine for students in grades kindergarten through eight. The federally funded program recognizes traffic congestion, fuel consumption and air pollution near our schools, coupled with growing health and childhood obesity concerns, makes walking and biking to school an attractive low-cost way for getting to and from school.
This year, INDOT will award about $2.7 million in federal money to support projects and activities that best meet the goals of the Safe Routes to School program. School principals, school district officials, local transportation agencies and metropolitan planning organizations are encouraged to work together and think about ways to promote walking and biking to school. These groups are also encouraged to work closely with other interested organizations – such as parent-teacher associations, local law enforcement agencies and health departments – when planning Safe Routes to School projects and activities.
Examples of eligible Safe Routes to School projects and activities include educational programs to teach children how to bike and walk to school safely, new sidewalks and crosswalks, and speed reduction improvements. This year, INDOT is encouraging communities to consider more non-infrastructure activities such as comprehensive Safe Routes plans, safety evaluations of potential routes to school, bike rodeos and walking school bus programs.
Applications for the Safe Routes to School program are now available on INDOT’s Web site. Applications will be accepted until May 30, 2008. The Indiana Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee will review the applications this summer, and INDOT will announce the awards this fall.
For more information on the Indiana Safe Routes to School program, visit www.SafeRoutes.IN.gov.
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