Start a Safe Routes to School Program at your Local School - CDOT Announces Funding Opportunity

Announcing call for Safe Routes to School Applications & Encouragement for Walk to School Day Events

STATEWIDE – The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is now accepting applications for Colorado’s 2013 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding. Awards for both non-infrastructure (education) and infrastructure (capital) projects are available. The goal of SRTS programs are to provide education to get more kids walking and bicycling where it is safe and to fix conditions where it is not safe.

Eligible applicants include schools, school districts, cities, counties, tribal entity, and/or any other local or regional government entity. Non-profits may apply by partnering with any of the above entities.

Colorado has one of the most sustainable SRTS programs in the nation. Each SRTS project selected must demonstrate in the application a strong commitment to program sustainability and ensure their SRTS efforts will live on long after their grant is concluded. SRTS grants are also performance based and before and after results are reported.

CDOT’s 2013 Safe Routes to School Applications are available online at: http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/bikeped/safe-routes. The application deadline is Friday, December 7th 2012.

CDOT is also encouraging schools to participate in Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, as part of Colorado Pedestrian Month. By participating, these schools teach students how to walk and bicycle safely and inform parents and other drivers how to drive more safely around pedestrians and bicyclists.
Schools can register their Walk to School events at www.walkbiketoschool.org. This website also contains useful resources such as promotional and educational materials, media toolkits, and low to no cost event ideas.

All Colorado schools that register their event on the website by October 3rd and commit to holding other walk to school events this school year will be included in a drawing to win fun incentive items and materials for their future events.

1 in 7 elementary schools in Colorado registered Walk to School events in 2011. Each year, Colorado sees an increase in the number of schools registering for Walk to School Day events and expects to see more schools walking in 2012.

For additional information, please contact Marissa Robinson at (303) 757-9088 or e-mail at marissa.robinson@dot.state.co.us

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Do it do it DO IT!!!

Whoo-hooo!!! Parents, take advantage of these funds!! Need a cross-walk? Go for it! Want some blinky lights and a safe island of concrete so your kids don't get mowed down on the way to school? Apply! There is money out there just waiting to be devoted to the health and safety of your kids! Get rid of the endless stream of cars at your child's school and replace them with smiles and fit kids. Give it a shot!!!