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Welcome to the Alaska Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program!

Please join us in celebrating Walk to School Day October 8. 2014.

There are many ways to participate in Walk to School Day

There are many different ways to show students, families and communities that walking or bicycling to school is a fun and feasible way to travel. In general, events are structured 3 ways, with many variations to each. The basics of these 3 event templates are explained below. Then, browse dozens of ways to customize these concepts!

1. Walk or bicycle from home

Great for: Students and families who live close enough to walk or bicycle to school on a route that’s appropriate for these modes.

How it’s done: Encourage students and their families to walk or bicycle to school. They might join other families and form groups in their neighborhoods to travel to school together.  This is the essence of Walk and Bike to School Days.

2. Designated starting points

Great for:  Families who live too far to walk or bicycle, families with limited routes for walking and bicycling, bus riders and children with disabilities.

How it’s done: Identify one or more locations where students and their families will gather to walk or bike to school together or where families can park and make their way to school when they’re ready.  Have a parade, park and walk or ride and stride…the sky’s the limit!

3. Walk or bike AT school

Great for: Families who live too far to walk or bicycle, families with limited routes for walking and bicycling, bus riders, children with disabilities and times when few parents can participate.

How it’s done:  Walk at school during an assembly, recess or as part of a class activity. Sometimes student aftercare providers will get involved by walking or bicycling from school to the after-school facility. These events can foster a lifelong appreciation for walking and bicycling and develop important safety skills.  They’re also the easiest way to include every student.

Register your event at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/go.

Plan your route to walk to school. Find the safest route and ask others to go with you.  Walk or bike from home, walk or bike from a designated place. Check out the Map a Route tool at WalkBiketoSchool.org

Walk in a group, there is safety in numbers.  See if your school is registered or is planning an event.

 

The Link Between Kids Who Walk or Bike to School and Concentration

Children who walk or cycle to school rather than being driven by their parents have an increased power of concentration, and the effect of this ‘exercise’ lasts all morning! This was one of the main conclusions of a comprehensive Danish project – The ‘Mass Experiment 2012’ – which set out to examine the link between diet, exercise and the power of concentration.

Read more at: http://walkbiketoschool.org/ Leaving site

2014 Grant Cycle Registration Now Open

We will open a grant application period for all SRTS grants from August 25 to October 15, 2014.

Deadline: To be considered, applications must be received at the address below by 5:00 pm Alaska time Tuesday October 15, 2014.

Evaluation and award: Applications will be evaluated by a select panel of project review board members from transportation and partner agencies.  Scoring and award of reimbursable grants will be based on completeness and compliance of the application with questions on the application and subject to eligibility criteria. Announcement of intent to award is anticipated within 45 days of the application deadline.

Funding: Currently, the Alaska Safe Routes to Schools Program has approximately $850,000 available for grants as authorized under Sec 1404 SAFETEA-LU. Maximum funding per application is $15,000 per planning grant and $250,000 per infrastructure project, unless a project is regionally significant or a priority in a local SRTS plan, and includes specifically detailed scope, schedule, and budget to justify a higher award amount.

Visit the grants section of our website for more information about funding opportunities available in the areas of planning, infrastructure, non-infrastructure, and single project.

For more information contact Steven Soenksen, Alaska SRTS Coordinator at 907-465-4069 or send an email to steve.soenksen@alaska.gov.