Bike/Ped

Safe Routes to School Positions Available

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is pleased to announce a Request for Applications for organizations in nine key states (California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia) and the District of Columbia to implement the State Network Project.

The State Network Organizers RFA and Application are available here: http://bikesbelong.org/page.cfm?PageID=400.

Please note that the applicaiton deadline is quickly approaching. Applications are due April 12, 2007 by 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Successful applicants in each state will receive $12,000 per year to hire a part-time local State Network Organizer to build and manage the state network. The State Network Organizer will link existing leaders associated with health, bicycle, pedestrian, youth, education, disadvantaged communities, and smart growth organizations. The state network will help the federal SRTS program to succeed, work to leverage additional resources for Safe Routes to School and to remove barriers to walking and bicycling to schools.  A low-income community or school in each of these ten states will also be assisted in their efforts to apply for and implement SRTS funds.

Safe Routes to School Kicks Into Gear

The Safe Routes to School program is progressing quickly. Here is an update on this important program:

  • Four states (FL, NJ, LA, and TN) have drafted and issued their SRTS guidelines ahead of the July 2007 deadline.
  • A Safe Routes to School training session has been scheduled in conjunction with the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference on February 8-10 in Los Angeles. For more information, visit:www.newpartners.org
  • Mayor Sue Frank of Raytown, MO has been appointed to the National Safe Routes to School Task Force, the advisory committee on this program. Mayor Frank is a board member of the Mid-America Regional Council. To view information on the task force, visit:www.saferoutesinfo.org/task_force/

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