Safe Routes to School minigrant program available |

Safe Routes to School minigrant program available

New Century TransportationCathy TuttleGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Through a Safe Routes to School grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation, New Century Transportation Foundation is administering a minigrant program encouraging Safe Routes to School programming in the Roaring Fork Valley.Individual elementary and middle schools in the Roaring Fork School District (RFSD) and Aspen School District (ASD), which have a majority of students in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen, are eligible to apply.

Successful Safe Routes to School grant applicants will: display knowledge of existing transportation choices of students traveling to and from school; identify potential barriers to students walking and biking to school; draft a vision plan for how to improve students’ safety and increase participation biking and walking to school; and select a particular activity or event that is directly intended to increase the number of school students biking and walking safely to school to be implemented during the 2007-08 school year.Representatives from these schools, parents, students, city council members, county commissioners, and transportation, planning, parks and recreation and police departments are encouraged to participate in one or two Safe Routes meetings in their communities.

The following meetings will be offered: 7:30-9 a.m. April 11 at Glenwood Middle School – school site audit; 2:45-4 p.m. April 11 at Glenwood Elementary – school site audit; 6-7 p.m. April 11 at Glenwood Town Hall- neighborhood/community training; 7:45-9 a.m. April 12 at Sopris Elementary – school site audit; 6-8 p.m. April 18 at Glenwood Town Hall – charette, design workshop; and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall – green fleets/green streets. This is your chance to improve area children’s health and reduce pollution and traffic congestion around schools and valley communities.

RFSD and ASD school applications for a SR2S minimum grant of $500 and a maximum grant of $1,000 must be submitted by May 31. Minigrants will be awarded by June 6. Activity implementation must take place no later than December 2007.For more information on creating safe routes or for minigrant applications, contact Cathy Tuttle at, Larry Heinrichs at or visit and click on Safe Routes. Please submit your application to Safe Routes to School, c/o New Century Transportation Foundation, P.O. Box 428, Carbondale, CO 81623.To volunteer and become a member of the April 2007 Safe Routes to School team, please contact Kris Leahy at 618-1972 or by e-mail at

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