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June 14, 2017

MnDOT awards Safe Routes to School grants

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Transportation today announced the recipients of $250,000 in grants for Safe Routes to School planning assistance.

Safe Routes to School is an international program to increase physical activity, improve health and reduce traffic congestion around schools by making it safer and easier for students to walk and bicycle to school. Planning assistance grants provide communities the resources to convene a team, prioritize strategies and identify solutions.

Regional partners were selected from across Minnesota to administer grants in their region.

“Safe Routes to School grants help protect our kids from busy traffic, while building safer, healthier communities,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “This latest round of grants will help communities across the state improve biking and walking opportunities for students. I encourage additional communities to participate in the future.”

MnDOT announced the available planning assistance grants in November 2016. The agency received applications from more than 100 schools and awarded 15 grants to 38 schools.

The Safe Routes to School grants in this solicitation are funded with state and federal Safe Routes to School dollars.

“Hundreds of schools across the state are now supporting the Safe Routes to School program and increasing opportunities for children to walk and bike to school,” said MnDOT Commissioner Charlie Zelle. “More students walking and biking means less traffic on the road and near schools, improving safety and promoting healthier kids.”

Since 2005, MnDOT awarded nearly $20 million in federal funds to communities to support Safe Routes to School. The majority of funding was awarded for infrastructure projects. The remainder was allocated for programs and planning that promote walkable and bikeable communities.

The list of grant recipients is below. More information on Safe Routes to School is available at www.mndot.gov/saferoutes.

Safe Routes to School 2017 Planning Assistance Awards

  • Saint Paul Public Schools
  • City of Holdingford
  • Northrop Urban Environmental Learning – Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Zumbrota-Mazeppa Schools
  • Howard Lake/Waverly/Winstead Public Schools
  • Whittier International IB School - Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Region Five Development Commission: Grey Eagle School District/City of Long Prairie
  • Region Nine Development Commission: Sleepy Eye School District
  • East Central Regional Development Commission: Cambridge Isanti Schools
  • Southwest Regional Development Commission: Fulda Public Schools                      
  • Arrowhead Regional Development Commission: McGregor School and Congdon Elementary
  • West Central Initiative: City of Hawley
  • Mid-Minnesota Regional Development Commission: Cedar Mountain School District and Eden Valley Watkins School District.