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Safe Routes to School Projects Selected

April 9, 2018 -


DENVER—
Colorado's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is receiving $2.49 million this year for projects that enable and encourage children to walk or bicycle to and from school.

Colorado's Transportation Commission approved $2.49 million to fund 15 SRTS projects around the state. Both infrastructure and education, and encouragement projects are included. The program is federally funded and managed by CDOT.

"Communities across Colorado are continuing to make a commitment to support safe routes to school for their school children," said SRTS Program Manager Leslie Feuerborn. "For the twelfth straight year, the Colorado Department of Transportation has provided the project grants. There continues to be strong interest in getting more students walking and biking to and from school, teaching children pedestrian and bicycling safety, encouraging healthy living, and improving the built environment to support active transportation."

The following entities were selected for funding through a competitive process:

Infrastructure Projects

Education and Encouragement Projects

Boulder County Transportation Center Consolidated School District
City of Edgewater City of Fort Collins
City of Florence City of Gunnison
City of Gunnison KIPP Northeast Denver Middle School
City of Thornton Town of La Veta
City of Woodland Park
Lewis Palmer School District 38
Thompson School District
Town of Estes Park
Town of Manassa
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View this year's awarded projects.

Grantees design programs that meet the needs of their schools and community. Infrastructure projects include sidewalks installations, intersection crossings improvements and connector trail construction. Education and encouragement projects involve educating elementary and/or middle school students about bicycle and pedestrian safety, skills training, and communication campaigns. All have the goal to increase the number of students walking and biking safely to and from school.

Projects are reviewed, scored and recommended for funding by an appointed advisory committee representing bicyclists, pedestrians, educators, law enforcement, parents, metropolitan planning organizations and transportation-planning regions. Any political subdivision in the state (school district, city, county, state and tribal entity) are eligible to apply for a grant.

"As we've completed the twelfth year of the program, we are very pleased with the progress we've made," added Feuerborn. "Along with enhancing safety, SRTS is a great way to introduce active transportation to children."

Another component of the program is the annual Walk to School Day in October and Bike to School Day in May. This year's Bike to School Day is recognized nationally on May 9, with events running throughout May.

The SRTS program is a vital component to CDOT's mission to improve safety and enhance mobility through active transportation for children throughout Colorado. SRTS originally was established by Congress in August 2005.

For additional information, please visit these websites:

Colorado: The Official State Web Portal