From 2005-2012, each state received federal funding specifically for Safe Routes to School projects via the federal transportation legislation SAFTEA-LU. Many states still have funds remaining from the Safe Routes to School program; see our State of the States quarterly tracking report to see whether this funding is still available in Arizona. To learn more about federal funding for Safe Routes to School, read through the Five Steps to Federal Funding: A Brief Explanation of the Safe Routes to School Program Process. You can find additional resources in our national learning network too.
In July 2012, Congress passed a new transportation bill, MAP-21, which consolidated several bicycling and walking programs, including Safe Routes to School, into a new program called Transportation Alternatives. Starting in 2013, states have the option to continue running standalone Safe Routes to School programs or to have Safe Routes to School projects contend with other types of projects in a Transportation Alternatives competition; see our state Transportation Alternatives snapshot chart to learn more about your state’s decisions on how it will implement this program.
Additional information on how Transportation Alternatives works is available in our National Policy section.
Arizona has funded 150 local Safe Routes to School projects totaling more than $17 million. State, local and regional agencies, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for Safe Routes to School infrastructure and non-infrastructure funds. Applicants receive extra points if they attend an ADOT-sponsored Safe Routes to School training session and/or if their project represents a Title 1 school. Safe Routes to School projects require no local matching funds. Separate applications are required for each of the Safe Routes to School funding sources:
- Infrastructure Projects
- Non-Infrastructure Projects
- Materials and Regional Support Program
- Planning Assistance Program
- Tribal Planning Assistance Program
Visit the Arizona Safe Routes to School program website for more information.
State Outreach Programs
The Arizona Safe Routes to School program offers regular one-day Safe Routes to School training sessions throughout the state. The comprehensive workshop includes the 5 Es, a walkability audit and information on Safe Routes to School grant funding. Arizona Safe Routes to School has held fourteen of these workshops since 2007. They also hold “How To Conduct A Neighborhood Walkabout” workshops.
The Planning Assistance Program (PAP) is offered to in-need communities. Selected applicants are awarded consultant support to assess sites, identify remedial measures, and to assist in writing the applicant’s next Safe Routes to School grant application.
Webinars on a variety of Safe Routes to School-related topics are held on an as-needed basis.
All ADOT-sponsored Safe Routes to School training is free and open to the public. Participants at any of the sessions may claim three points on their next Safe Routes to School grant application.
To register for training sessions, visit ADOT’s Safe Routes to School Program website. Go to the ‘Training’ tab for registration instructions. For additional information on the workshops and how to apply for funding, contact Brian Fellows at (602) 712-8010.
State Advisory Committee
Arizona has a state advisory committee.
If you would like to submit a success story for consideration, please email it to Margaux Mennesson.
Flagstaff, AZ: Reducing Crime
Flagstaff, AZ cleaned up a local park where children were being exposed to drug deals, gang activity and public drunkenness on their walks and rides to and from school. The health department received more than $100,000 in Safe Routes to School funding for encouragement and education projects in the classroom. The department also formed a walking school bus and set up a local police substation to help students feel safer when walking and bicycling to school. Parents and students report that they are now more comfortable on the walk and ride to and from school.
Springerville, AZ: Overcoming Barrier to Distance of School
To overcome the challenge of distance to school in a rural area, Round Valley Primary School in Springerville, AZ identified a “park and walk” route from Springerville Park to the school, using developed park trails, sidewalks and crosswalks. This route is available to families and students at all times, not just for designated walk events. A First Wednesday Walk program was developed and continued through 2009 school year. In 2010, they have doubled the number of walk events, holding two per month, with the support of local businesses, community groups and high school organizations.
Peoria, AZ: City and School Collaboration
The City of Peoria and the Peoria Unified School District (PUSD) have built on their long-standing collaborative relationship to develop a comprehensive Safe Routes to School program with the overall goal of improving the quality of life for everyone in the community.
Several years ago, the two entities formed a dedicated School Traffic Safety Committee to address bigger traffic safety concerns that could not be tackled by the City’s Traffic Control Committee. Peoria’s Safe Routes to School program currently involves three schools with dedicated Safe Routes to School coordinators and encouragement and education programs. The City of Peoria is also funding infrastructure improvements and providing additional police enforcement.
Transportation Planning Engineer
City of Peoria
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15mph Speed Limit - Zero Tolerance for Speeding
ARS 28-797 defines school crossings in Arizona. It also directs public agencies to use yellow markings and special in-street signs for these locations, and that the signs must be physically removed when the speed zone is not in place. The law also defines the maximum length of a school crossing zone. Arizona’s 15 mph zones are zero-tolerance zones. That means that you can get a citation if you are caught going even a few miles over 15 mph. Typically, enforcement is the most aggressive during the end of July through August, when school starts in most parts of the Valley of the Sun.
In 2007 legislation was passed that doubles fines within the 15 mph zones.