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Since 2005, MnDOT’s Safe Routes to School program has increased travel safety for thousands of Minnesota youth who walk or bike to school. Under the federal transportation bill, all 50 states were provided funding; Minnesota was apportioned $18.5 million.
With the already distributed $11.5 million, the project has reached 264 schools and approximately 131,000 students in grades K-8 developmental projects that reduced traffic and promoted environmental responsibility such as air pollution near school zones. Aside from improving safe transportation for youth, MnDOT has also collaborated with partners such as the Minnesota Department of Health to support the program by developing initiatives such as bicycle and pedestrian safety lesson plans and training for schools across the state.
As 2013 approaches, MnDOT and Governor Mark Dayton will continue to work towards creating opportunities and educating Minnesotans about safe commutes for children under the SRTS program.
For more information, visit http://www.dot.state.mn.us/saferoutes/