Safe Routes Minnesota provides funding to community and school groups to make improvements to the routes your children use to walk and bike to school.
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2013 Legislative Report
The Fiscal Year 2013 Safe Routes to School Legislative Report was recently completed. This report provides a summary of the Minnesota Safe Routes to School program over the past year.
MnDOT granted over $4 million to 44 applicants from around the state. The report details the funding sources available for Safe Routes to School and outlines priorities for the next year of the program.
Fiscal Year 2013 Report on Safe Routes to School:
International Walk to School Day
The 2013 International Walk to School Day was held on Wednesday, October 9. Schools in 73 Minnesota communities took part in this worldwide event celebrating the benefits of walking to school. This event helps communities educate people about how to walk safely to school, and several Safe Routes to School grantees participated in this event as part of their Safe Routes to School programming.
Apply for SRTS projects through the Transportation Alternatives Program grant solicitation for greater Minnesota
The TAP is a new competitive grant opportunity for local communities and regional agencies to fund projects for pedestrian and bicycle facilities, historic preservation, Safe Routes to School and more. Minnesota will be soliciting approximately $13 million across the state.
Interested in applying for a grant? Greater Minnesota applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the key components of their project by Nov. 15, 2013. A regional representative will contact applicants to help review the project proposal and the steps necessary for delivering a federally funded project prior to local communities and regional agencies submitting a full grant application.
Grant solicitation timeline:
- Nov. 15, 2013 - Letter of intent deadline
- Feb. 1, 2014 - Full grant application deadline
- April 15, 2014 - Grant recipients announced
Note: Grant solicitation is currently only available for greater Minnesota applicants. Twin Cities Metro Area applicants, watch for more information from the Met Council.
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If an applicant is not a State Aid city (city population of 5,000 or greater) or county, the applicant will need a State Aid city or county to be a sponsor on the project. If you are not an eligible applicant (for example, non-profits working on SRTS) or need a sponsor to apply, please visit your Area Transportation Partners website for local contacts.
To learn more about the TAP grant solicitation, view program eligibility requirements and submit a letter of intent, visit the TAP website. Learn more information about SRTS funding changes here.
2013 Safe Routes to School Awards Announced
Check out the updated grants page for information on the grants awarded for 2013. $4.3 million was awarded to 105 schools in 61 communities for infrastructure, non-infrastructure implementation, and planning assistance applications.
School program webinars
Join MnDOT staff and Alta Planning + Design for a series of three webinars on Safe Routes to School programs. School teams are encouraged to watch webinars together and discuss implementation plans afterwards.
Walk and Bike to School Maps webinar
- http://mndot.adobeconnect.com/p30v3ot8tlq/ (Online video)
- Script for Walk and Bike to School Maps webinar (PDF, .1 MB)
- Slides for Walk and Bike to School Maps webinar (PDF, 4 MB)
Walk and Bike to School Day Events webinar
- http://mndot.adobeconnect.com/p6d120kyo8v/ (Online video)
- Script for Walk and Bike to School Day Events webinar (PDF, .1 MB)
- Slides for Walk and Bike to School Day Events webinar (PDF, 6 MB)
Encouragement Programs: Trip Tracking and Competitions webinar
- http://mndot.adobeconnect.com/p93klohx1ut/ (Online video)
- Script for Encouragement Programs webinar (PDF, .1 MB)
- Slides for Encouragement Programs webinar (PDF, 7 MB)
Evaluation tool and resources
The new evaluation tool and resources includes:
- SRTS Neighborhood Assessment Survey and Guide
- Link and information on completing hand tallies
- Additional evaluation tools and information will be added as well