City of Boulder Requests Community Proposals to Improve Walking and Biking to School

As a part of the Colorado Safe Routes to School program, the City of Boulder is requesting community proposals for infrastructure improvements that would enable more students, parents, faculty, and staff to walk and bike to schools in Boulder. The required proposal materials are available online at www.goboulder.net.

Completed proposal forms must be returned to GO Boulder by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, to be considered for inclusion in the city's 2013 grant application to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). In addition, a tally sheet summarizing the number of students currently walking and biking to school is due by Thursday, Nov. 15, and letters of support are due by Friday, Nov. 30.

Community proposals for Colorado Safe Routes to School infrastructure improvements must meet all of the requirements listed below in order to be eligible for funding. All proposals must:

be located within a City of Boulder public right-of-way;
involve an area within two miles of a public or private elementary or middle school;
facilitate and increase safe biking and walking access and connectivity along school routes;
demonstrate a partnership with the school community; and
establish that the Boulder Valley School District will assume responsibility for promoting and evaluating the success of the improvements (if the proposed improvements are near a public school).
"Colorado Safe Routes to School offers another source of revenue to fund local projects that improve walking and biking routes near our schools,” said Bicycle/Pedestrian Transportation Planner Marni Ratzel. "We hope to receive funds through the 2013 Safe Routes program so that we can continue to make walking and biking to school safer, easier and more enjoyable.”

Since 2005, the city’s Transportation Division has been awarded more than $1 million in Safe Routes to School funding for infrastructure improvements. The city’s 2012 project, proposed by the Manhattan Middle School community, was awarded a $250,000 grant to install a traffic signal and sidewalk improvements at the intersection of South Boulder Road and Manhattan Drive. The project is anticipated to be completed in fall 2013.

This fall, a 2011 Safe Routes to School grant allowed the city to complete a sidewalk along Linden Avenue that will benefit students walking and biking to five schools in Boulder. For more information, view the Safe Routes to School in Boulder Program Update.

Detailed information about the proposal requirements and a schedule of deadlines for submitting proposal materials are available online at www.goboulder.net. Interested applicants can also contact Bicycle/Pedestrian Planner ratzelm@bouldercolorado.gov or at 303-441-4138.

For more information about the federal Safe Routes to School program, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org.

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