57.4 F
Park Forest
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Gov. Quinn Announces $13 Million is Awarded to Communities to Create Safe Routes to School

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–August 5, 2009.  Governor Pat Quinn today announced $13.1 million in Safe Routes to School grants to schools and communities across the state.  This 100 percent federally funded program is designed to enable and encourage children to walk and bike to school.

“This innovative program reaches out to our youth, instilling in them the healthy habits of physical activity,” said Governor Quinn. “With Illinois ranked fourth in the nation for childhood obesity rates, providing children with a safe and secure means of walking to school is an important tool to improve the health of our children.”

The 171 funded projects include projects encompassing everything from sidewalk repair to safety training for students and equipment for police and crossing guards.  Safe Routes to School encourages a holistic approach to make it safer and more practical for children to walk to school, using the Five E’s: engineering, encouragement, education, enforcement and encouragement.

IDOT Secretary Gary Hannig stated that the agency received almost 200 applications adding up to $27.9 million in requests,” Hannig said.  “Safe Routes to School has become a part of many Illinois schools and communities, and we encourage anyone who is interested in implementing Safe Routes to contact the Department for information on how to bring Safe Routes to your community.”

Safe Routes to School is a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration.  The program is designed to:

• Enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school;
• Make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation option, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and
• Facilitate projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of primary and middle schools
(Grades K-8).

 

Source: illinois.gov

Recent Articles

Stay Connected

3,803FansLike
1,268FollowersFollow
567SubscribersSubscribe

- Local Advertisements -

Most Popular Articles

Park Forest
overcast clouds
57.4 ° F
59.7 °
54.7 °
92 %
2.9mph
100 %
Wed
72 °
Thu
70 °
Fri
63 °
Sat
74 °
Sun
79 °

About Google Ads

The Google-supplied ads that appear on this website are not reviewed ahead of time and differ for each visitor. If anything offensive, inappropriate, or otherwise unwholesome appears, please notify us so we can take steps to block that specific advertiser. Email the URL or advertiser name to [email protected].