Secure Funding for Safe Routes

Jun 4, 2015 by

Secure Funding for Safe Routes

Thursday, June 3rd, 2015

Time is ticking for Washington’s kids. The Washington State Legislature has entered an additional month of special session, which means a 16-year transportation revenue package could be imminent. The latest House proposal includes a combined investment of $236 million for walking and biking projects, including funding for Safe Routes to School grants. It is critical that we tell our legislators to at least maintain the level of Safe Routes, and bike and pedestrian project funding proposed by the House.

Currently, only one in four eligible Safe Routes to School applications receive funding. The House proposal would double the current investment, allowing more schools in need to be funded and more of our kids to get to school safely.

These projects help build healthier communities around our state, and represent an enormous “bang for Washington’s buck”:

  • Streets are safer when more people walk and bike on them.
  • Studies have demonstrated that kids who walk to school are more alert, eager and ready to learn.
  • Biking and walking is an easy way to get your regular daily physical activity.
  • Transportation costs can be reduced – both for individuals and school districts.

Tell your Washington state lawmakers that you are part of the 84 percent of Washington voters who think funding for Safe Routes to School should be prioritized.

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