July 14, 2010
MONTPELIER (July 14, 2010) – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today announced that 22 schools received a total of $1.3 million in Infrastructure Awards through the Agency’s Safe Routes to School program.
Safe Routes to School is a federally funded safety program that is administered through VTrans. The program, which supplies money for bicycle and pedestrian improvements, has a goal of increasing the number of students who can safely walk or ride bikes to school.
“Safe Routes to School is about kids walking and biking to school regularly, routinely, and safely,” said VTrans Secretary David Dill. “The program is an opportunity to have schools and communities work together to solve some of their pressing safety, environmental and health challenges.”
Competition for funding was stiff, as VTrans received 31 applications for a total request of $2.8 million. The Agency was able to provide $1.3 million that will aid 19 projects. Awards were granted to safety projects that include sidewalks, improved crossings, school zone signs, and traffic calming.
Seventy schools across the state have participated in the program since the 2006/2007 school year. Efforts include student and parent surveys regarding transportation behavior and attitudes, as well as safety education. Schools have also encouraged students to walk and bike to school through the use of chaperoned “Walking School Busses” and regular “Walking Wednesdays” that offer incentives like water bottles and T-shirts. Participating schools work in partnership with their local governments to identify infrastructure needs on the routes to school.
For additional information about the selection of these projects or participation in the Safe Routes to School program, please contact Amie Pope at (802) 828-5799 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Agency of Transportation
Last Updated at: July 14, 2010 12:37:50