We hope drivers and pedestrians can be more alert now that darkness covers most peoples commute. Children are especially vulnerable to cars and dangers from snow removal operations. Please wear reflective clothing or some reflective materials. Be safe by helping motorists see you.
Plan your route to walk to school. Find the safest route and ask others to go with you. Walk or bike from home, walk or bike from a designated place. Check out the Map a Route tool at WalkBiketoSchool.org
Walk in a group, there is safety in numbers. See if your school is registered or is planning an event.
Children who walk or cycle to school rather than being driven by their parents have an increased power of concentration, and the effect of this ‘exercise’ lasts all morning! This was one of the main conclusions of a comprehensive Danish project – The ‘Mass Experiment 2012’ – which set out to examine the link between diet, exercise and the power of concentration.
Read more at: walkbiketoschool.org
Although the law that created Safe Routes to Schools is continuing, dedicated funding to the program has ceased as of 2012.
The Alaska Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program is contained in the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP).
Grant funding opportunities still exist for communities to continue to help make it safer for children in grades K-8 to walk and bike safely to school. The next TAP call for projects is proposed for the year 2018.
Grant funding opportunities are available under TAP: dot.alaska.gov/stwdplng/atap/index.shtml
Tribal entities and Communities can support and initiate local transportation safety improvement projects. They are eligible to receive funding for planning, design, construction and maintenance activities. Contact your regional or village transportation agency for more information on other funding sources.
Best wishes to all of our communities in making it safer for children to walk and bike to school.
For more information contact Marcheta Moulton at 907-465-8769 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .