ALL KIDS DESERVE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL
Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) uses a comprehensive approach to make school routes safe for children when walking and bicycling to school. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) administers Colorado's SRTS program. In Colorado, many communities, parents and schools are fostering a safe environment for their students by using SRTS programs to not only fund education and safe infrastructure, but also to encourage healthy options for our children that are safe for both walking and bicycling.
Why is this program important?
SRTS programs can improve safety, not just for children, but for the entire community. It provides opportunities for people to increase their physical activity and improve their health. It reduces congestion and pollution around our schools and encourages partnerships.
In 1969, roughly half of all 5-to-18 year olds walked or biked to school. Nearly 90% are driven by auto or bus to school today. SRTS is a Federal-Aid program to enable children to walk and bicycle safely.
In Colorado, funds are distributed to develop programs for K-8 grades. The SRTS Advisory Committee includes educators, parents, bicyclists, pedestrians, law enforcement, and transportation planners. School districts, schools, cities, counties, state entities and tribal entities are eligible to apply. Nonprofits need to partner with a state subdivision to apply for funding.
2015 SRTS Non-Infrastructure Applications
DOWNLOAD: FY 2015 SRTS Non-Infrastructure Applications (applications were accepted November 2014)
2015 Safe Routes to School Grantees
Top Scoring Applications:
- Top Scoring Infrastructure Application - 2014 City of Littleton
- Top Scoring Non-Infrastructure Application - 2015 Town of Buena Vista
Image credit of artist Anthony Bejarano.