Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to Schools was established by the Federal Highway Administration in 2005 to address issues perceived as barriers to making walking and bicycling to school a reality for more children in the United States. According to a study by the Center for Disease Control, the decline in walking and bicycling has had an adverse effect on traffic congestion and air quality around schools, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety. In addition, a growing body of evidence has shown that children who lead sedentary lifestyles are at risk for a variety of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Safety issues are a big concern for parents, who consistently cite traffic danger as a reason why their children are unable to safely bicycle or walk to school.

Competitive grant funding is provided to state departments of transportation, including the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office applied for and received a non-infrastructure grant from CDOT to introduce 16 elementary schools and eight middle schools in School District 51 to the Safe Routes to Schools program. The documents listed below are a result of this grant funding.

Safe Routes to School Audit Summary Report Adobe Pdf Icon
Safe Routes to School Audit Report (600+ pages) Adobe Pdf Icon

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