TOPEKA, Kansas (WIBW) -- Fourteen projects intended to encourage children to walk or bicylce to school have been selected for funding through the Safe Routes to School program administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation.
A total of $945,250 will be allocated for projects including development of a Safe Routes to School plan and infrastructure construction.
The program was created to:
- Make it possible for children, including those who are disabled, to walk or bicycle to school
- Make walking or biking to school safe and appealing
- Facilitate projects that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution around schools
The following cities have been chosen for Phase I funding, which covers the costs of developing a Safe Routes to School plan: Manhattan, Osage City, Bird City, Caldwell, Chetopa, Ellsworth, Jetmore, Oswego and Pittsburg.
All the cities will receive up to $15,000.
Holcomb, Humboldt and Lyndon will receive $200,000 for Phase II funding. Salina will receive $65,100. Phase II projects include improving sidewalks, pavement markings and signage.
The PedNet Coalition was awarded $145,150 to develop Walking School Bus programs in 15 schools across the state. The funding will train volunteers to start programs in which kids can walk to school unsupervised.