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Next steps for Safe Routes to School

New Century TransportationCathy TuttleGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Regional Safe Routes to School Program Team would like to thank all of the participants for their efforts during the school site audits and the neighborhood and community audits and charettes that occurred in April and May. This regional project included 10 schools in two school districts, four communities and almost 4,200 students. Short-term outcomes have already occurred in all the communities that the Safe Routes Team worked with. The “next steps” per our agreement with the Colorado Department of Transportation are: A prioritized Safe Routes to School infrastructure improvements list that will be delivered to city representatives and staff. It is our intent to deliver the list in time for consideration in each city’s 2008 budget cycle. School site audit information will be e-mailed to school district superintendents and principals of each school with a copy being sent to each city representative.

We will provide a Safe Routes to School map for each community for the 2007-08 school year on the New Century Transportation Web site at http://www.newcenturytrans.org, and a printed version will be available for September 2007-08 school year distribution.

Each participating school is eligible for a Safe Routes to School mini grant. These grants, with a minimum value of $500 and a maximum value of $1,000 per school, must be submitted by interested schools by May 31. For more information, contact Cathy Tuttle at ctuttle@newcenturytrans.org. Mini-grants will be awarded by June 6. Application forms are available at http://www.newcenturytrans.org, click Safe Routes to School. It is believed that the “Walk and Roll Wednesdays” could be a winner for the valley.



The May 11 Safe Routes instructor training session has been rescheduled for the fall of 2007-08 due to multiple schedule conflicts. Available now – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has graciously provided several videos per school regarding “Ride Smart, It’s Time to Start” and “Bike Safe, Bike Smart.” Call 274-1875 to request a copy.Glenwood Springs will be hosting its Bike Rodeo on May 19. For additional information, please contact Margaret Wierenga, community officer, at 384-6500.

National Bike and Walk to School week is scheduled for the week of Oct. 1-5 with school SR2S representatives being asked to collect data on number of students biking, walking, carpooling, taking the bus or driving with a parent. This information will be tabulated and compared to the 2005-06 and 2006-07 information. For more information on New Century Transportation Foundation please call 704-0992 or visit http://www.newcenturytrans.org.


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