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 Pennsylvania. 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.
Pennsylvania has funded more than 100 local Safe Routes to School projects totaling more than 17 million in infrastructure and noninfrastructure projects. PennDOT's Safe Routes to School program is school focused. Applicants for infrastructure funding and noninfrastructure grants must be a staff member of a school district or an individual school, additionally the application requires involvement of a local and regional government staff member. Safe Routes to School projects require no local matching funds.
Visit the Pennsylvania Safe Routes to School program website for more information.
State Outreach Programs
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State Advisory Committee
Pennsylvania has a state advisory committee.
If you would like to submit a success story for consideration, please email it to Margaux Mennesson.
State Board of Education Approves New Nutrition and Activity Regulations for Schools
The Pennsylvania State Board of Education voted overwhelmingly to advance the most comprehensive school nutrition and physical activity standards in the country. These standards will significantly improve the nutrition environments in our schools and ensure that all children get at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every school day. Click the following links to view a copy of the new standards and press release.
Everette James | Secretary of Health
PA Department of Health
7th & Forster Streets | Harrisburg, PA 17120
Phone: 717.787.6436 | Fax: 717.787.0191
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.
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