Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federally-funded grant program which enables community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to school.
As an added benefit, SRTS programs are working to reduce traffic congestion and improve health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone.
SRTS provides funding for infrastructure (sidewalks, pedestrian signals, crosswalks, etc.) and non-infrastructure (promotional items, incentive items, pedestrian and bicycle safety classes, etc.) projects. +
The funding is through a reimbursement program, but does not require any matching funds.
In Louisiana, the Safe Routes to School program is administered as a grant program through the Louisiana Department of Transportation (LaDOTD).
Lafayette Consolidated Government was awarded a Safe Routes to School grant for a project to construct sidewalks in the areas of Woodvale Elementary and L. J. Alleman Middle School.
This SRTS project is currently in the design phase of project development.
As a result of collaboration between Lafayette Consolidated Government, the Lafayette Parish School System (LPSS) and the Lafayette Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the Lafayette MPO submitted three applications for 2010 Safe Routes to School grants and was awarded grants for all three schools:
- Duson Elementary
- Ernest J. Gallet Elementary
- Ossun Elementary
These three projects are in the initial stages of project development stage.