Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2006

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Olympia, Washington -- Communities across the state have an opportunity to increase safety for bicyclists and pedestrians through two grant programs that are managed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). A total of $14 million in grants is available through state and federal program funds for local bicycle and pedestrian projects. WSDOT today issued a call for projects that support walking and biking.

In 2005, the Governor and Washington State Legislature increased the states role by providing funding that supports pedestrian and bicycle safety and safe routes to school projects. In addition, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) established funding for the safe routes to school program.

The Safe Routes to Schools program was created to provide children a safe, healthy alternative to riding the bus or being driven to school. This program has $7 million of federal funds available to public agencies. Eligible projects are those within two-miles of primary and middle schools (K-8), and that address engineering solutions, educational programs, and law enforcement efforts. Applications for Safe Routes to School project grants are due to WSDOT on October 2, 2006.

Another $7 million in state funds is available through the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety program. This program aids public agencies in funding projects that improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. Eligible projects may include engineering solutions, educational programs, and enforcement efforts. Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety project grant applications are due to WSDOT on September 20, 2006.

More detailed information about these grant programs and the application process is available on WSDOTs website at: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/TA/ProgMgt/Grants/Ped_Bike.htm

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For more information:

Charlotte Claybrooke
Safe Routes Program
360-705-7302

Paula Reeves
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Program
360-705-7258

WSDOT Olympia Headquarters
P.O. Box 47322
Olympia, Washington 98504-7322
360-705-7075

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