Safe Routes to Schools projects to receive
Oct. 23, 2006 ( 06-290)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
News Contact: Lisa Koch, (785) 296-8593 or Steve Swartz, (785)
Safe Routes to Schools projects to receive funding
Two dozen proposals intended to encourage more children to walk
or bicycle to school have been selected for funding through a new
program administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
The program, Safe Routes to School (SRTS), was created under last
year’s federal transportation bill – SAFETEA-LU. The
intent of the program is to:
- Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities,
to walk or bicycle to school;
- Make walking or biking to school safe and appealing;
- Facilitate projects that will improve safety, and reduce traffic,
fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of school.
“Obesity rates among children have more than doubled in
the past 20 years,” said Secretary of Transportation Deb
Miller. “It’s probably not just a coincidence that
only 15 percent of all school trips are made by walking or bicycle.”
All but two of the SRTS proposals selected for the funding, which
will be done through reimbursement, will involve the development
of a Safe Routes to School plan. The other two projects involve
infrastructure improvements, such as sidewalks. Funding for the
projects, which were selected from 62 applications, ranges from
$2,400 to more than $245,000.
Nationally, the federally-funded SRTS will provide $615 million
to cities, school districts and other entities throughout the nation
over a five-year period. Kansas will receive about $1 million this
year, increasing in following years to about $1.6 million in 2009.
“Safe Routes to Schools allows KDOT to partner with communities
to help keep the children of Kansas safe, secure and healthy,” said
The following cities, school districts and other entities will
receive Phase I funding, which covers the costs of developing an
Baldwin, $14,780; Belle
Plaine, $12,750; Concordia
USD 333, $9,500; Conway Springs, $15,000; Lansing
School District, $13,989; Leavenworth, $14,820; Lincoln, $9,700; Louisburg
USD 416, $14,780; Lyons, $15,000; Marion, $14,500; Mid-America
Regional Council, $2,400; Minneapolis, $12,800; Mulvane, $9,000; Neodesha, $13,300; Newton, $15,000; Parsons, $15,000; Plainville
USD 270, $5,650; Stafford
USD 369, $9,000; Sterling, $12,750; Unified
Government of Wyandotte County, $75,000; Wichita
Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, $15,000; Wichita
Public Works, $15,000.
Receiving Phase II funding for infrastructure improvements are Satanta, $150,000,
and the City of Sedgwick, $245,056.