City Receives Three Federal Safe Routes to School Funding Grants
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The City of
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
3. Signs 4 Life Mobile Classroom / Student Traffic Safety Education ($89,967) ? the City of
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
The City of
Previous Safe Routes to School Grant Awards to the City of
· 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)
· 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)
· S. Circle Drive Sidewalk Construction (D2) = $242,364 (project currently in Design phase)
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