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.
To see Minnesota's Safe Routes to School federal funding, including total funding available, awarded and obligated to date, look at our State of the States quarterly tracking report.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program announced the awards for $3.8 million in federal grant funding for Safe Routes to School. The 2013 grant cycle received 102 applications requesting almost $15 million in funding. The money can be used for infrastructure improvements, such as sidewalk and trail repairs, education and enforcement, and planning assistance. More information on these awards are available here.
Since 2005, MnDOT has given out $11.7 million in Safe Routes to School grants.
Visit the Minnesota Safe Routes to School program website for more information.
State Outreach Programs
The Minnesota Safe Routes to School program is currently piloting a bicycle and pedestrian safety curriculum designed to target students K-8. More information is available here, under "SRTS Curriculum - Education Training".
State Advisory Committee
Minnesota’s state advisory committee is made up of members from the State Departments of Education, Health and Public Safety. The committee is evaluating various roles and opportunities to leverage key stakeholder resources to support our goal of more children safely walking and bicycling.
If you would like to submit a success story for consideration, please email it to Margaux Mennesson.
Robbinsdale schools are getting kids to use leg power
A Brooklyn Center school has launched a program to get kids walking and bicycling. Five schools in the Robbinsdale district are also taking part. Click here to read more.
Fond du Lac Reservation Completes Safe Routes to School Plan - January 2010
There is a new addition to the diversity of Safe Routes to School planning in the State of Minnesota. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe has become the first Indian tribe in the State to have completed a Safe Routes to School plan. Click here to read more.
Minnesota’s State Advisory Committee is made up of members from the State Departments of Education, Health, and Public Safety. The Committee is evaluating various roles and opportunities to leverage key stakeholder resources to support our goal of more children safely walking and biking.
Find out which organizations in your state have pledged their support for the Safe Routes to School movement. If your organization isn't yet a partner affilate, we would love for you to join us; it's free! Find more info on joining here.
Safe Routes to School is now established in law as a state program! The Governor signed the Omnibus Transportation bill into law on May 10, 2012. The Safe Routes to School language may be found in Session Law Ch. 287 (HF2685) in Article 3, Section 45 or click here for the Safe Routes to School language as it appears in the unofficial session law. This was a true coalition effort. A coalition of 34 organizations came together to support the Safe Routes to School legislation. These organizations included a wide range of stakeholders spanning health, bicycle, transit/transportation, education, and local government. Coalition partners mobilized their constituencies to reach out to lawmakers and the media at key points in the process.