Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wexford County to Receive 23% of Michigan "Safe Routes to School Funds"

Lincoln Elementary School, one of Michigan's pilot schools, is collaborating with the Cadillac Area Public School District and the city of Cadillac, Michigan. It will make sidewalk and crosswalk improvements, add bike lane signage, pavement markings and connector path construction on Ayer and Baker streets and the school property, and provide education and encouragement items such as pamphlets, brochures, maps and coordinate Safe Routes events with law enforcement officers. The project budget is $384,332.

Although this project is the only one of seven around the state located in west Michigan, it is receiving a hefty 23% of this cycle's funds.

The Safe Routes to Schools program was established with passage of the federal Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) in August of 2005. Michigan is receiving about $3 million a year for five years. The program is administered by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Office of Economic Development.

The programs purposes are to enable and encourage all children to walk and bike to school, to make bicycling and walking to school safer and more appealing alternative modes of transportation, and to develop projects and encourage activities that will improve student health and safety while reducing traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

Schools K-8 may be eligible. Visit the web site for more information.

from a news release of the State of Michigan, "Michigan announces "Safe Routes to School" recipients", Jan 28, 2008
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