COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 205

September 29, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Virginia Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Grants for Elementary and Middle Schools (K-8)

 

Safe Routes to School is a new program in the federal transportation bill designed to encourage greater participation in biking and walking to school. The Safe Routes to School program provides funding for comprehensive solutions that focus on enhancing student health and safety through education, law enforcement partnerships, and engineering accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians.

 

A total of approximately $5 million of federal funds will be awarded for local Safe Routes to School plan and program development and implementation as well as safety projects during this school year. No local match is required.

 

Local Safe Routes to School programs should include a plan addressing the challenges faced by individual schools or school divisions in attempting to increase biking and walking transportation. Plans may be developed with the program grant funding. Individual schools are eligible for up to $5,000 for plan development.

 

Program grants may also fund education, law enforcement, and encouragement activities. Once a school or division has an approved plan, additional grant funds may be used to implement critical components of the plan.

 

Project grants will provide communities up to $500,000 for engineering and construction improvements to sidewalks, trails, and roads within two miles of elementary and middle schools.

 

For general information about the Safe Routes to School program, please go to www.saferoutesinfo.org. For specific information about the Virginia Department of Transportations Safe Routes to School program and grant application process, please go to http://www.vdot.virginia.gov/infoservice/Prog-Safety-Center.asp.

 

Completed proposals must be received by the Virginia Department of Transportation no later than 4 p.m., Friday, December 29, 2006.

 

If you have questions, please contact Jakob Helmboldt, Safe Routes to School coordinator, Virginia Department of Transportation, Traffic Engineering Division, by e-mail at Jakob.Helmboldt@vdot.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-3269; or Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health education, physical education and driver education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Vanessa.Wigand@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-3300.

 

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