Safe Routes to School is a movement taking place in communities around the United States to increase the number of children who walk or bicycle to school by removing barriers that prevent them from doing so.
In January 2010, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership extended its successful State Network Project to Pennsylvania with PA Walks and Bikes serving as the network organizer. Since launching the network, PA Walks and Bikes has brought together a coalition of organizations who are committed to promoting Safe Routes to School programs. Together, we are sharing ideas and developing a plan to remove policy barriers to allow Pennsylvania’s students to safely walk and bike to school.
If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us for more information.
To learn more, visit the Pennsylvania State Network Page hosted by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.
Safe Routes to School Funding
The Federal Transportation Bill SAFTEA-LU, originally enacted in 2005, created a federal program to fund Safe Routes to School programs in every state. The program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Through this process, $29,332,613 in funding has been allocated for Pennsylvania. This money is used for both infrastructure (sidewalks, crosswalks) and non-infrastructure (education and encouragement) projects.
In 2009, PennDOT announced 30 infrastructure projects totaling $16,781,086. Of these, three projects have been completed.
In 2008 and 2009, 39 mini-grants of $5000-$7000 were awarded to Pennsylvania school to conduct education and encouragement activities.
Pennsylvania currently has about $9 million in funding available for use on Safe Routes to School.