Welcome to the Alaska Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program!
We hope drivers and pedestrians can be more alert now that darkness covers most peoples commute. Children are especially vulnerable to cars and dangers from snow removal operations. Please wear reflective clothing or some reflective materials. Be safe by helping motorists see you.
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/
The Alaska Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program will undergo a transformation after July 1. A full time coordinator position will not be funded after that date. Although the law that created Safe Routes to Schools is continuing, dedicated funding to the program has ceased since 2012 and remaining funds are being used.
Many opportunities exist for communities to continue to help make it safer for children in grades K-8 to walk and bike safely to school.
Tribal entities and Communities can support and initiate local transportation safety improvement projects. They are eligible to receive funding for planning, design, construction and maintenance activities. Contact your regional or village transportation agency for more information.
Remaining grantees can continue and complete their projects through September 30, 2016. Contact Marcheta Moulton at (907) 465-8769 is you have questions during that time frame. After that date, all SAFETEA-LU Sec 1404 dedicated funding and local grant funded projects will end. We are not requesting any additional applications for the program.
This will not be the end of many efforts that have begun by students, parents, PTA, non-profit agencies and other Non-governmental agencies, Local, and other state governments. The Alaska SRTS program has made pass through grants to these entities to improve the ability of children to walk and bike to school.
The program began through federal legislation through a House Transportation Committee then chaired by Congressman Don Young. The structure for the effort comes in 5 program areas: (Engineering, Education, law Enforcement, Evaluation, and Encouragement)
Pervious transportation legislation had 101 federal programs. These various programs were consolidated and while the dedicated funding for SRTS activities is not available, the structure for supporting continuing or new Safe Routes to schools activities and projects is still available.
The Safe Routes to Schools Program has made over 70 grants during the programs existence and we congratulate successful communities in the program and all communities in Alaska for helping to make it safer for children to walk and bike to school.
Best wishes to all of our grantees and communities in making it safer for children to walk and bike to school.
For more information contact Marcheta Moulton at 907-465-8769 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.