Coastal Sense

Safe Routes to Schools by clintmurphy
November 28, 2007, 11:27 pm
Filed under: transportation

Safe Routes to Schools is a new federal program to provide funds to local communities through states to fund bikeways and sidewalks along routes from neighborhoods to schools. Quoting directly from the GA DOT website, “Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an international movement that began in the 1970’s in Denmark and has quickly spread worldwide and into the United States in the 1990’s. The purpose of SRTS programs is to encourage kids to walk and bike to school and to improve safety in the vicinity of schools. In 2005, the federal government created a national SRTS program designed to enable and encourage school aged children K-8 grades to walk/bike to school, including those with disabilities, to make walking and biking to school safe and more appealing. The program has facilitated the planning, development and implementation of projects that would improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.”

At the upcoming Chatham County Urban Transportation Study (CUTS) Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), a presentation will be made on the Safe Route to Schools. This meeting will take place on December 13 at 5 PM. In addition, and more importantly, this presentation will also be made December 19 at 10 AM at the CUTS Policy Committee Meeting.

To learn more about this program and how it can potentially benefit our community visit this website!

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