Thursday, January 26, 2012

Safe Routes To School Program Looking For Applicable Projects

I know a lot of folks who read this blog are 'agency' people, so I'm posting this item in case you hadn't heard about it yet; the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)just issued a call for projects for the Safe Routes to School (SRS) program.

That means that cities, counties, transit companies and tribes can apply for funding for projects that increase the number of children walking and biking to school where it is safe, and if it’s not safe, work to make it safer. The program supports pedestrian and bicycle safety projects such as walking to school buses, sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian safety education, bicycle safety skills classes, crossing guards, speed feedback signs and traffic safety cameras.

Eligible Safe Routes projects are those within two-miles of primary and middle schools (grades K-8), and that address engineering solutions, educational and encouragement programs, and law enforcement efforts.

If you're not with a local agency but have an idea for a SRS project that would improve safety for children in your area, contact your local jurisdiction to see if they're willing to look into it. More information on the program and the applications process can be found here.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.