Safe Routes to School Program

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Safe Routes to School Reimbursable Grants Awarded

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces the following Safe Routes to School (SRTS) reimbursable grant awards.  Applications for these projects were submitted during HDOT’s third round of call for applications for SRTS federal funds provided by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

Infrastructure Awards

Date Project Recipient Amount
4/10/14 Island-Wide Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Crosswalks and Sidewalk Improvements County of Kauai $251,500
4/10/14 King Kaumualii School SRTS Phase 1 County of Kauai $416,540
4/10/14 Koloa Safe Routes Phase 2 County of Kauai $490,875
4/10/14 Paia School Frontage Improvements County of Maui $502,443
4/10/14 Paia School Sidewalk Improvements County of Maui $455,495


Non-Infrastructure Awards

Date Project Recipient Amount
4/10/14 Fern Elementary School SRTS Fern Elementary School $46,933
4/10/14 Putting Our Plans to Work PATH – Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii $20,094
4/10/14 Get Fit Kauai SRTS University of Hawaii at Manoa Office of Public Health Studies $24,630

SRTS Program Special Fund

HDOT held a public hearing on November 21, 2013 to consider adoption of the proposed Chapter 19-109, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), “Safe Routes to School Program Special Fund.”  A copy of the final rules may be requested by calling 692-7696 or can be viewed online at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/files/2014/03/Chapter-19-109-HAR-Standard-final-Signed.pdf.

For fiscal year 2014, the following amounts shall be distributed from the SRTS program special fund as required by Chapter 19-109, HAR.

Recipient Amount Status of Transfer
City and County of Honolulu $317,801 In Progress
County of Hawaii $  94,329 Completed 6/2014
County of Kauai $  86,463 Completed 6/2014
County of Maui $101,406 In Progress
Total $600,000  

 

Creating a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plan 

Creating a SRTS plan is an important step in creating a SRTS program.  See the document below for a list of information the DOT suggests including in a SRTS plan.

Creating a SRTS Plan – Guidance 2013-2.pdf

Upcoming Workshops

HDOT offered free informational workshops about the SRTS program on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii during the period from September to November 2012.  Future workshop information will be posted here.

PURPOSE

The goals of the federal SRTS program are:

  1. enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school;
  2. make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and
  1. facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

The program makes funding available for a wide variety of infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects, from building safer street crossings to establishing programs that encourage children and their parents to walk and bicycle safely to school.

AWARDS

The following projects were previously selected to receive federal SRTS funds.

Infrastructure Awards

Date

Project

Recipient

Amount

Status

2/22/2012

Princess Nahienaena Elementary School Safe Routes to School Project

County of Maui

 $155,000

Ongoing

2/22/2012

Kamalii Elementary School Safe Routes
to School Project

County of Maui/Keonekai Neighborhood
Association

 $491,199

Ongoing

 

Non-Infrastructure Awards

Date

Project

Recipient

Amount

Status

5/30/2008 Non-Infrastructure Public Service Announcements State of Hawaii DOT

$162,662

Completed

5/30/2008 Safe Routes to School Awareness Project State of Hawaii Department of Education

 $ 13,280

Completed

6/9/2008 West Hawaii Safe Routes to School Program Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH)

 $ 34,231

Completed

6/9/2008 Ride to Live, Live to Ride Honolulu Police Department

 $48,202

Completed

6/10/2008 SRTS for Dole Middle School Kokua Kalihi Valley

 $ 12,226

Completed

 

RESOURCES

National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS) http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/
This site includes resources from the federal SRTS program’s clearinghouse such as: information about existing programs, downloadable materials, links to other resources, and the following:

Safe Routes to School Guide http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/guide/
A comprehensive SRTS guide with resources organized by topic.

Resources for Gathering and Using Data about Safe Routes Programs
http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/data-central/
Resources for data collection and evaluation, including standardized data
collection forms and an online report generation system.

The SRTSNC also operates:

        International Walk to School events in the USA http://www.walktoschool.org
The official Walk to School event site for the USA includes step-by-step planning
information; resources and an online participant registration.

       International Walk to School events worldwide http://www.iwalktoschool.org
This site describes activities occurring around the world and displays
event photos.

       Map-A-Route http://maps.walkbiketoschool.org/
A tool to help communities build and share walking and biking routes to school.

Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety Safe Routes to School   http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/saferoutes/
Describes federal SRTS program guidance and funding levels.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) http://www.nhtsa.gov
Pedestrian and bicycle safety programs are in the “traffic safety” section and include downloadable materials and data.

CONTACT

For additional information on the SRTS federal program in Hawaii, contact:

Tara Lucas,Safe Routes to School Coordinator
State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Highways Division
601 Kamokila Blvd, Rm 602
Kapolei, HI 96707
email:   saferoutestoschool@hawaii.gov
Phone: (808) 692-7696