Safe Routes to School Program
Since 2005, the City of Boulder's Transportation Division has been awarded more than $1 million in Safe Routes to School funding. These funds will construct infrastructure improvements that facilitate biking and walking to schools in Boulder.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) manages the distribution of federal funds through the Colorado Safe Routes to School program. Grants are to be awarded through a statewide competitive process, in proportion to the geographic distribution of the student population for kindergarten through eighth grade.
With federal funding from the Safe Routes to School program, cities may carry out planning, design and construction projects that improve the ability of students to walk and bike to school. Engineering projects may include:
- Sidewalk improvements;
- Pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements;
- Off-street and on-street pedestrian and bicycle facilities;
- Secure bicycle and parking facilities;
- Traffic calming and speed reduction improvements; and
- Traffic diversion improvements near schools.
For more information about the BVSD projects, contact BVSD Student Transportation Coordinator Landon Hilliard at 720-561-5931 or visit the Boulder Valley School District's Safe Routes to School website.
Hanover Avenue Multi-Use Path Project
This Safe Route to School funded project will design and construct a multi-use path along Hanover Avenue from Broadway to 46th Street. This is expected to improve bicycling and walking for students traveling to four different schools in the area.
South Boulder Road and Manhattan Drive Intersection Improvements
This project is funded by the federal Safe Routes to School program and the 2011 City of Boulder Capital Improvement Bond. Final completion of the project is anticipated to occur in Winter/Spring 2015.
Construction of the Linden Avenue sidewalk improved safety and accessibility for pedestrians on Linden Avenue by constructing a sidewalk on the north side of Linden Avenue between Broadway and Wonderland Hill Avenue.
Sidewalks along Linden Avenue were identified in the North Boulder Subcommunity Plan and by members of the community during the public outreach effort for the Missing Sidewalk Links Program. In 2009, the City of Boulder was awarded funding through the Colorado Safe Routes to School Program to complete a sidewalk along the north side of Linden Avenue.
The project was a partnership among the city, Boulder Valley School District, Foothills Elementary, Centennial and Casey middle schools, and Shining Mountain Waldorf School. The new sidewalk eliminated a barrier for students and their families by providing a safe walking and cycling route between homes and schools.