The City of West Sacramento announced Oct. 20 that it had received a $496,000 federal grant to implement a new “Safe and Healthy Routes to School Project.” The grant was administered by Caltrans.
The project will seek to “establish a culture of walking and biking to school in West Sacramento” and to make infrastructure improvements that may be needed to help students do that. The program will run from 2012-2014.
The project will include “comprehensive education and encouragement programs customized to meet the needs of each of eight West Sacramento” elementary schools, said a press release from Greta Vohlers, Transportation Program Specialist for the city. The schools include grades kindergarten through eight.
“We expect to build bottom-up support for safe routes to school and leave a dedicated group of advocates who can grow and maintain similar programs after the close of this project,” said Vohlers.
At least one “parent champion” will be recruited from each campus, and trained to help encourage walking and biking to school.
Copyright News-Ledger 2011