Making the walk to school safer for our kids
We received another round of Safe Routes to School grant funding!
In just one generation, the number of children that walk to school has dropped from 70 percent to less than 15 percent. Children are less physically active than they used to be, their health is declining, and traffic congestion is increasing around schools leading to unsafe conditions and poorer air quality. In an effort to address these troubling statistics, the Federal Highway Administration has created the Safe Routes to School Program. The program provides funding for activities that improve safety and encourage kids to walk or bike to school.
The City of Bartlesville received a $200,000 grant through this program to construct over 5,800 linear feet of sidewalk that will fill in gaps and extend sidewalks at area elementary schools. The City will also conduct safety programs, train crossing guards, organize a Walk to School Day event, conduct bicycle rodeos, and promote walking school buses.
Select the links below to read more about what we’re doing to make our kids safer: