Vashon Under Consideration for Safe Routes to School Funding
10/23/2012 9:47 AM
Vashon is in the lucky position of being considered for Safe Routes to School funding.
Your support is needed!
The next 6 weeks are critical, as our grant application moves through the Washington Department of Transportation for approval. Safe Routes to School funding is federal dollars administered by the individual states. It is directed to elementary and middle schools, however in our case, high school students will benefit too, as they share the same campus.
If the project is funded, we will see improved shoulders with bike/pedestrian lanes on Beall and Cemetery roads, leading to the school campus. We will see improved traffic enforcement and a crossing guard for Cemetery Road at the school entrance, and more bike education and safety programs for kids and drivers.
See our new web page on this project for a map and more details.
Please write an email to Washington Department of Transportation officials:
Please cc our 34th legislative district representatives, our King County Council Member, and our local champion:
In your letter, state your reasons for supporting: Vashon Safe Routes to School Project.
In 1969, 88% of students who lived within a mile of their grade school got there by bike or foot. Today, less than 16% do. Let's change that and give kids the freedom to walk or ride to school!
(Most of this blog is repurposed from a note by Vashon’s project leader, Martha Johnson.)