Federal “Safe Routes to School” program: Lots of local priorities rolled into one


Complete streets, schools, fitness, obesity and health disparities, transportation, public safety, and community-building–they’re all included in this Federal Highway Administration funding program. (Good for them for thinking “out of the car.”) This just-released report (32-page PDF) explains the substance, the politics, and the multi-step process for getting this money from Washington to places like Holyoke and Springfield. Massachusetts received $7.8 million since 2005, most of which has gone to MassRIDES. Only schools can begin the process of procuring technical assistance or funding, so consider it an excuse to start or expand some partnerships, and go for it!


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