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Funding Opportunities • Safe Routes to School program • Approximately $1.5 million available per year • Future funding is uncertain • Held 5 application cycles • Infrastructure funding awarded for 52 projects • Noninfrastructure funding awarded for 38 projects • Assists K-8 schools, both public and private
Funding Opportunities (cont’d.) • SRTS-TEAP (Safe Routes to School – Traffic Engineering Assistance Program) • For communities under 35,000 population • Provides engineering assistance to evaluate school-related traffic problems • No cost, but some in-kind help may be required • Offers potential solutions and cost estimates • Contact Kathy Ridnour to pursue
Types of Projects • Infrastructure • $25,000 to $250,000 per jurisdiction per funding cycle • Sidewalks • Crosswalks • Traffic signals and flashing beacons • Pedestrian bridges • Traffic calming -- speed tables, speed humps • Must be within 2 miles of school building
Types of Projects • Noninfrastructure • $3,500 to $250,000 per jurisdiction per funding cycle • SRTS activities • Education and encouragement programs and incentives • I-WALK project • SRTS program coordinator salary • SRTS plan development • City, school district, county, or regional level • Consultant services
Funding Application • 3 types – Infrastructure, Noninfrastructure activities, Studies or Plans • Infrastructure applicant must be a city or county government (not a school) • Organize partnerships early to determine problem areas and consider possible solutions • Applications due October 1 • Read instructions before filling out an application
Application Scoring • 60 points for general items • Problem, studies/plans completed, need, education and encouragement activities, partnerships, evaluation, cost/benefit • 40 points for safety • Existing and future safety conditions, posted speed limit, traffic counts, existing and future usage, socio-economic factors • 5 extra points for Iowa Great Place designation
Timeline • October 1 – Applications due • October and November – Applications reviewed by scoring committee • January – Projects approved by Transportation Commission • Following October – Funding available • Following Spring/Summer – Construct project • Takes at least 18 months from application submittal until construction starts
Use of Collected Data • GPS data • To gain City support for improvement • To show need for project in SRTS application • Student Travel Tallies • Required for SRTS application • Required at National Center for Safe Routes to School for funded projects • Follow-up tallies required after project is complete • Parent Surveys • Improves application score • Guides direction of some noninfrastructure activities
No-Cost Resources • Iowa SRTS website includes 33 No-Cost or Low-Cost Projects • Walking Wednesdays • Frequent walker and rider punch cards • Park and walk program • Golden Sneaker award • Walking school bus program • National Center for Safe Routes to School • All materials are free • Starting a program, training materials, reports, graphics, tip sheets, talking points, evaluation materials, etc.
Websites • Iowa Safe Routes to School www.iowadot.gov/saferoutes www.iowadot.gov/saferoutes/forms.html www.iowadot.gov/saferoutes/projects.html www.iowadot.gov/saferoutes/resources.html • Iowa SRTS Education and Encouragement Program www.iowasaferoutes.org • National Center for Safe Routes to School www.saferoutesinfo.org
Contact Kathy Ridnour, Coordinator Iowa Safe Routes to School Program Iowa Department of Transportation 800 Lincoln Way Ames, IA 50010 email@example.com 515-239-1713