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Children in ten communities to get safer ways to walk and bike to school
Baby goslings growing up on ODOT's East Salem Compound
Ten communities across the state will be able to improve safety for children traveling to and from nearby schools on foot and by bicycle thanks to grants totaling $4 million under Oregon's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program. The Oregon Department of Transportation, which administers the federally-funded program, announced the 2012 – 2013 awardees:
City/town (schools; brief description) Amount
Aumsville (Aumsville Elementary; 11th St.-Delmar sidewalk project) $464,332
Brookings (Kalmiopsis Elementary; Easy St./Fern Ave.-Pioneer Rd. improvements) $490,000
Elgin (Stella Mayfield Elementary; 10th St./12th St. sidewalk project) $495,000
Forest Grove (Harvey Clarke Elementary; sidewalk project) $350,000
Gresham (H.B. Lee Middle; infrastructure improvements) $168,954
Madras (Madras/Buff Elementary; SE Buff St./McTaggart Rd. bicycle/pedestrian) $475,000
Malin (Malin Elementary; sidewalk project) $400,000
North Powder (North Powder Elementary; sidewalk project) $428,000
Washington Co (West Tualatin View Elementary; pedestrian safety project) $410,882
Umatilla (McNary Heights Elementary/Clara Brownell Middle; sidewalk/path project) $390,188
Projects were selected by the Safe Routes to School Advisory Committee and approved by the Oregon Transportation Safety Committee. ODOT received 23 applications requesting a total of $8.5 million. Six alternate projects were named in case more funding becomes available.
The goals and activities of the Safe Routes to School Program are (1) to increase the ability and opportunity for children to walk and bicycle to school; (2) promote walking and bicycling to school and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle at an early age; and (3) facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects that will improve safety, reduce traffic congestion, and enhance air quality around selected schools. Specifically, the SRTS Program provides funding for both infrastructure projects and non-infrastructure activities (education, outreach, and enforcement) within 2 miles of any qualified K-8 school facility. For more information about the SRTS program, visit the SRTS webpage