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Bob Keller: City’s Safe Routes program helps students

Posted: August 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Providing a favorable walking environment for kids to go to school is essential to making a healthy behavior easier and raising awareness about opportunities to walk and bike to school.

With neighborhood safety top of mind, and a strong commitment by the City Council to support an active community for families, the city applied for the Safe Routes to School grant to help communities implement improvements so students could more easily walk or bike to school.  

Thanks to a unique partnership with Safe Routes to School, the city of Santa Clarita is proud to offer families healthy alternatives to get to school. The Safe Routes to School program encourages children to walk and bike to school by creating more beneficial transportation routes through funding projects that remove barriers and minimize safety concerns.

Additionally, it hosts special events and incentive programs to encourage walking or biking to school as well as educational classes designed to teach children about basic traffic laws and safety rules. The Safe Routes program also works with local law enforcement to improve driver behavior and gather feedback on projects to improve street conditions.

For six consecutive years, the city has secured grant funding for the Safe Routes to School program, supporting programs aimed at increasing youth’s ability to walk and bike to school safely.

This grant funding is spread across the community, with one school benefiting each year in each city elementary school district, including Newhall, Saugus and Sulphur Springs.

The grant aids the city with improving curb extensions to slow vehicles and reduce crossing distances, speed feedback displays to alert motorists to vehicle speeds, raised crosswalks to reduce vehicle speeds and ladder-style crosswalk markings to increase visibility.

With these changes, the Safe Routes to School program not only enhances the protection of the public but also reduces traffic and air pollution around school areas.

The following is a list of past Safe Routes to School program grants awarded to the city and the schools that benefited from each funding.  

2007: The city received $586,000 with improvements at and around Cedarcreek, Santa Clarita and Newhall elementary schools, which were implemented in 2008.

2008: The city received $1,072,000 in funding for two separate projects, with improvements at and around Canyon Springs, Emblem, Meadows, Mitchell, Peachland and Rosedell elementary schools, which were implemented in 2009 and 2010.

2009: The city received $507,000 in funding, with improvements at and around Leona Cox, Old Orchard and Rio Vista elementary schools, which were implemented in 2011.

2010: The city received $213,000 in funding, with improvements at and around North Park, Valencia Valley and Valley View elementary schools, which were implemented in 2012.

2011: The city received $587,000 in funding, with improvements at and around James Foster, Skyblue Mesa and Pinetree elementary schools, which will be complete in 2013.  

2012: The city received $450,000 in funding, with improvements at and around Plum Canyon, Mountainview and Fair Oaks Ranch elementary schools, which will begin in 2013.

In total, the city has been awarded seven grants for infrastructure improvements around 21 elementary schools in the Newhall, Saugus and Sulphur Springs districts, for a total of approximately $3.4 million.

For more information about the Safe Routes to School program, or for tips and information to help educate your family about safely biking or walking to school, visit www.SCSafeRoutes.com or contact Senior Traffic Engineer Ian Pari at 661-284-1402S

Bob Kellar is a City Council member and can be reached at bkellar@santa-clarita.com.

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