Safe Routes To School Coalition
Facilities Planning & Intergovernmental Coordination
Contact: Michael C. Owens, Senior Planner, (561) 882-1938
Our mission is to assist our communities, schools and parents in enabling and encouraging children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bike to school. The Coalition strives to equip children and their families with the knowledge, training and technical information needed to implement safe and successful strategies. In the process, these programs are working to reduce traffic congestion, improve health, the environment, and making communities more livable for everyone.
Safe Routes To Schools Grant
The School District of Palm Beach County is the recipient of a Non Infrastructure grant for $129,200 to keep our students safe as they walk and ride their bicycles to school. This is the second grant the District has received from the Florida Department of Transportation for this purpose. In 2005, Congress passed legislation that established the National Safe Routes to School Program. The Florida Department of Transportation manages the funding for this Program.
The grant will be used to assist students at 12 schools in Palm Beach County; 9 elementary and 3 middle schools. These schools are Pleasant City, Sunset Palms, Forest Park, Palm Beach Gardens, Roosevelt, Gove, Glade View, North Grade and South Grade Elementary Schools and Boca Raton, Okeeheelee and Roosevelt Middle Schools. The objective is to prepare a comprehensive plan for each school which identifies the obstacles for walking or bicycling to school and solutions for improvements. The program encompasses the five E's - Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation.
In order to effectively provide safe routes to school for all students, the Palm Beach County Safe Routes to Schools Coalition was formed in August 2010 to implement the grants.