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/
2014 Grant Application Results
Grant applicants were from communities across the state. Projects varied from Planning grants to safety and education programs, and project constructing funding. Federal Funding Applicants include: Anchorage, Gustavus, Craig, Kotzebue, Bristol Bay Region, Homer, Petersburg, Thorne Bay, Hydaburg, Fairbanks, SE Region- Juneau, two non-profit corps; Alaska Trails and the Alaska Injury Prevention Center and the State of Alaska DHSS-Visibility program.
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.(Early December, 2014)
These are the current grant application recommendations for award.
More information will be available on final funding determinations. These are anticipated to be complete by January 15, 2015.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.