Caltrans today awarded $66 million to cities, counties, and regional agencies for 139 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects to improve safety for students in grades K-8 who walk and bicycle to and from school.
“By improving safety, more children are encouraged to walk and bicycle to school, ultimately resulting in healthier children and less traffic congestion,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.
The funding was provided by the federal SRTS program. Since its inception in 2005, Caltrans has awarded $156 million for 356 SRTS projects.
Some of the notable projects in District 2 that received funding include:
|Region||Location||School Name(s)||Project Description||Federal Funds|
|Redding||Bidwell Rd. between Bonny View ES and N. Bonnyview Rd.; north side N. Bonnyview Rd. from Bidwell Rd. to E. Bonnyview Rd.||Bonny View ES||Construct sidewalks and curb ramps; install bike lanes||$485,400|
|Shasta County||Multiple Schools in the City of Anderson, Redding, and Shasta Lake||Burney ES, Anderson Heights, Cypress School, Shasta Lake School, Turtle Bay School, Meadow Lane||Provide a bike and pedestrian safety education curriculum for 4/5 graders; implement a walking school bus program; provide regional conference||$405,000|
|Tehama County||Stanford Ave. between Palm St. and Grant St.||Los Molinos ES||Construct pedestrian path and curb; install crosswalks, signs and striping||$500,000|
Caltrans works closely with a diverse group of state, local, and regional stakeholders representing transportation, health, education, law enforcement, and bicycle/pedestrian advocates.
Click here to view the entire list of SRTS projects that received funding.