Safe Routes to School
Photo courtesy: Transportation Alternatives
D.C.) Supporters of bicycling, walking and healthy communities
cheered today as Congressman James L. Oberstar (D-MN) announced
the introduction of a bill to fund Safe Routes to School and
create more bikeable and walkable communities. "This
bill encourages children and adults to reacquaint themselves
with the joys of human-powered transportation," said
At the heart
of the Pedestrian and Cyclist Equity Act of 2018 (PACE) is a national
Safe Routes to School program which would provide $250 million
a year to fix unsafe conditions on roads near schools and encourage
children to walk and bike to school. Representative Oberstar announced
the new bill surrounded by children on bicycles and proponents
of Safe Routes to School from around the country. He was joined
by co-sponsors Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA),
and Rep. Nick Lampson (D-TX). Fourteen
members have co-signed so far, including Republican David Hobson
news release, click here.
TBC Executive Director Gayle Cummins being interviewed by
America's Walking host Mark Fenton for a special
on Safe Routes to School in Texas to be aired in June. The
site was Austin's showcase Pfluger Bridge a bicycle/pedestrian
facility in the heart of the city.
Walking, a new weekly fitness, travel, and lifestyle series designed
to promote what its title suggests, will be airing a segment on
the Texas Safe Routes to School program in June.
can you see this airing?
First, check out the
web site and see if it will be shown on your local public
television station. If it's not scheduled, be sure to call, write
or email your PBS station (especially effective if you're a member)
and request the show, or a more accessible time slot, if necessary.
75% of stations carried last season's 13 episodes, though many
scheduled it early on weekday mornings, thinking it was a pure
"exercise" show. Those that recognized it as a healthy
lifestyle program tended to slot it on weekend afternoons with
other self-help programs (This Old House, cooking shows, etc.)
with great success.
here for he Texas Department of Transportation official
site for Safe Routes to School.
for projects issued August 2, 2002
were due December 6, 2002!
Here is a link to the projects
that were selected in the first call. 27 projects were selected
out of 277 that were submitted.
is Safe Routes to School?
a quick overview of the Safe Routes
to School program.
yourself these questions?
- Are there
sidewalks for my children?
- Are the
intersections and crosswalks well marked?
- Are the
cars going slow enough?
- Can I drop
my child off without waiting in line?
you answered "NO!" to any of these questions you need
to submit a Safe Routes to School program application.
$3,000,000 was available for construction projects under
the TxDOT Safe Routes to School program. This funding is designed
to help you fix the major safety problems with your children's
school routes. The first call is done but others may be coming.
get on the List for future notices
for next call
Review any safety problems with your school routes
Consider the eligible projects
Talk with your ISD/City/County traffic safety personnel
Download the Application/Manual/Evaluation
(when they are available)
Get approval from City/County
Submit an Application (call Aug 2, must be submitted by December
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