ConnDOT: Connecticut Schools to Receive Free Safe Routes To School Program Assistance for Safe Walking and Biking
2010

CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
NEWS RELEASE
 
2800 BERLIN TURNPIKE P.O. BOX 317546
NEWINGTON CONNECTICUT, 06131-7456
FOR RELEASE: Mach 1, 2010
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
TELEPHONE: (860) 594-3062
FAX: (860) 594-3065
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Connecticut Schools to Receive Free Safe Routes To School Program Assistance for Safe Walking and Biking
 
 
The Connecticut Department Transportation is pleased to announce that six schools have been selected to receive Safe Routes to School (SRTS) planning assistance through the SRTS Noninfrastructure program.  
 

The following schools will participate in the program:

  • Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School (Coventry, CT) - walk audit support
  • G.H. Robertson School (Coventry, CT) - walk audit support
  • Thompson Brook School (Avon, CT) - mapping assistance
  • Orchard Hill School (South Windsor, CT) - bicycle rodeo planned for May 2010
  • Eli Terry Elementary School (South Windsor, CT) - bicycle rodeo planned for May 2010
  • Henry James Memorial School (Simsbury, CT) - walk audit support
 
As this is the first round of assistance, there is still a chance for eligible schools, public and private kindergarten through eighth grade, to apply for one of the following types of assistance:
  • SRTS Program overview (Presentation with Question & Answer session)
  • SRTS Committee and Champion Assistance
  • SRTS Plan Walk Audit Support (Engineering Recommendation Assistance)
  • SRTS Plan Mapping Support (Geographic Information Systems Software Assistance)
  • Evaluation - Analysis of Success
  • Plan Review and Critique
  • Bicycle & Walking Education
 

Detailed program information and online application is available at www.walkitbikeitct.org.  Scheduling for the second round of assistance for Fall 2010 will begin shortly after April 30, 2010; therefore, eligible schools are encouraged to apply.

What is the Safe Routes to School Program?

The SRTS Program was established in August 2005 as part of Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The objective of this federally funded initiative is to encourage more students in grades kindergarten to eighth grade (Grades K-8) to walk and bike to school, as opposed to other transportation alternatives; thereby encouraging a more healthy lifestyle. General program information is available on the Connecticut SRTS website: www.ctsaferoutes.org. Questions can be forwarded to the Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Ms. Sharon Okoye, via e-mail at sharon.okoye@ct.gov.