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City Receives Three Federal Safe Routes to School Funding Grants


The City of Colorado Springs was awarded three grants worth a total of $589,900 by the Colorado Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program to implement projects that will help local school children to walk and bicycle safely to school. Colorado Springs received 28 percent of the state's allotment for Safe Routes to School projects for this year.

           

The City of Colorado Springs received three grants from the 2010 SRTS funding program:

 

1.      S. Circle Drive Sidewalk Improvements Phase 2 ($249,953) - to construct a second phase of new sidewalks along S. Circle Drive between Verde Drive and Monterey Road to help students walk and bicycle to the Mountain Vista K ? 8 school (District 2).  S. Circle Drive, formerly State Highway 29, lacks sidewalks along much of the corridor.  The City received Phase 1 funding from the Safe Routes to School program in 2009; that phase of the project is currently in design.

 

2.      Lincoln Elementary School Pedestrian Access Improvements Phase 1 ($249,980) ? to construct missing curb/gutter, sidewalks, and accessible ramps on several streets around Lincoln Elementary School (District 11) and the adjacent Roswell neighborhood.  The project will also mitigate parking, safety and drainage issues in the area.

 

3.      Signs 4 Life Mobile Classroom / Student Traffic Safety Education ($89,967) ? the City of Colorado Springs School Traffic Safety Program is partnering with Drive Smart Colorado to roll out the City?s successful Signs 4 Life traffic safety education program using a retrofitted Mountain Metro transit bus.  The expanded program will be piloted in District 2 schools.

 

The Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program provides schools and community groups with the funding they need to put together a Safe Routes to School program. These improvements include safety education and promotion as well as engineering and infrastructure solutions to encourage children to get the exercise they need to lead happy, healthy lives.  Childhood obesity rates have more than tripled in the past 30 years while the number of children walking and biking to school has declined. According to the 2001 National Household Travel Survey, less than 16 percent of students between the ages of 5 and 15 walked or biked to or from school, compared to 42 percent in 1969.

           

The Safe Routes to School program was created in the 2005 passage of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), in which Congress designated a total of $612 million toward developing the National Safe Routes to School Program.   These federal funds are dispersed to every state where the state departments of transportation administer the SRTS program.

           

The Colorado Safe Routes to School program received over $8 million in funds for fiscal years 2005 to 2009 from the National Safe Routes to School Program. Schools and communities across Colorado are eligible to apply for a portion of these funds to help promote walking and biking and to build safer routes to and from school.  The program funds awarded to local communities and organizations provide 100% funding for the selected projects (no local match required).

           

The City of Colorado Springs has actively pursued SRTS funding since the inception of the program.  Since the first funding cycle in 2006, the City of Colorado Springs has been awarded eight other SRTS grants totaling over $820,000.  This most recent award of three grants totaling $589,900 has brought the City?s share of the Colorado Safe Routes to School funding to over $1.41 million over the five years of the program.

 

Previous Safe Routes to School Grant Awards to the City of Colorado Springs:

 

SRTS 2006

          Cresta Road Sidewalk Construction ? Phase 1 (D12) = $100,000 (construction completed)

          Carmel / Pepperwood Dr. School Crossing Improvement (D2) = $34,510 (currently under construction)

          Templeton Gap/Hancock Ave. School Crossing Improvement (D11) = $17,710 (Spring 2010 construction)

          Walk-and-Roll Pilot Education Program (all districts involved) = $34,315 (pilot project completed in 2008; materials developed under pilot being used with educational outreach activities to other schools)

 

SRTS 2007

          Cresta Road Sidewalk Construction ? Phase 2 (D12) = $184,984 ? construction completed

 

SRTS 2008

          N. Hancock Ave. Sidewalk/School Crossing Improvements (D11) = $104,160 (Summer 2010 construction)

          Skyview/Ridgeview Traffic Calming/Crossing Improvements (D49) = $102,375 (Summer 2010 construction)

 

SRTS 2009

          S. Circle Drive Sidewalk Construction (D2) = $242,364 (project currently in Design phase)

 

 

 

For additional information or to get involved, visit these Web sites:

 

City of Colorado Springs                                             

www.springsgov.com                                                   

 

Drive Smart Colorado Springs

www.drivesmartcoloradosprings.org  

 

Colorado Safe Routes to School

www.saferoutesinfo.org