The purpose of Safe Routes to School is to encourage and enable students in grades k-8 to walk or ride their bicycle to school. Projects can be either engineering (improved crossings, sidewalks, etc.) or non-engineering (education and encouragement programs). Since the program began in 2008, walking and bicycling to school has increased in Ohio communities with active Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs. The responsibility of a safe route to school is ultimately shared by the user, government agencies, elected officials and safety advocates.
Each year the Ohio Department of Transportation accepts applications for funding of infrastructure and non-infrastructure SRTS projects. The projects applied for must be identified in an ODOT approved School Travel Plan. ERPC staff has assisted various local communities develop their School Travel Plans. Below is more information on the ODOT SRTS funding program.
Eligibility Projects must be identified in an ODOT approved School Travel Plan (STP)
Infrastructure Project Funding- up to $400,000 - Per community
Non-Infrastructure Project Funding- 1 to 10 Schools: Up to $15,000 11 to 25 Schools: up to $30,000 26 or more Schools: up to $60,000 (there may be exceptions for specific projects)
Anyone interested in getting more information about the SRTS program or developing/updating a School Travel Plan can contact Erie Regional Planning at 419-627-7792 or via email at [email protected]
You can also visit the state's website at: Ohio Safe Routes to Schol program visit: ODOT SRTS Program