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Safe Routes To School

 

The National Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program aims to improve the health and well-being of children by enabling and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.  This federally-funded program provides technical and financial assistance to communities for projects that help to improve safety and accessibility, reduce traffic and air pollution, and provide safe access for students to walk or bike to school.  The program funds both infrastructure projects (e.g., bike lanes, sidewalks and street crossings) and non-infrastructure projects (e.g., educational programming).  The five components of successful SRTS programs are Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Encouragement, and Evaluation. To apply for Federal SRTS funds, interested groups must put together a SRTS plan for their school or community.  Funding information is available at http://www.saferoutespartnership.org/state/srts-in-your-state/hawaii.

The Hawaii Safe Routes to School special fund established by HB 2626 in 2012 consists entirely of State funds collected from traffic violations in school zones.  The State Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently in the process of developing Hawaii Administrative Rules necessary to distribute to counties for county-level SRTS programs.