$6.5 million requested for Colorado Safe Routes

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
By Yokota Fritz

Colorado communities have requested $6.5 million in grants for bicycle and pedestrian projects, exceeding the $2.3 million available in 2006 for Safe Routes to School programs.

Safe Routes funding is split between infrastructure and non-infrastructure grants. Infrastructure funding is for facilities and other engineering changes. Non-infrastructure funding is for promotion, awareness and education programs.

In Colorado, about $6 million has been requested for infrastructure grants, while non-infrastructure requests total $576,000. Federal law mandates that no less than 10% and no more than 30% of funding be used for non-infrastructure projects. In Colorado, the Safe Routes advisory committee will determine the percentage to distribute to non-infrastructure programs after they review and score all of the proposed projects.

CDOT's timeline is to complete the scoring my the end of March and to take their recommendation the Transportation Commission for approval in April.

My city has applied for a non-infrastructure grant to fund an existing "Walk and Roll" program in conjuction with the local school district and our two LCIs.

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