Safe Routes to School Program

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

The State of Hawaii, Department of Transportation (HDOT) is seeking applications to plan, develop, implement and evaluate eligible Safe Routes to School (SRTS) infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.  A call for applications is available at the following link.

http://spo3.hawaii.gov/notices/notices/plomino_documents/none-20

SRTS is an international effort to increase safety and promote walking and bicycling to/from school.  The federally funded SRTS program was established by Section 1404 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), signed into law in 2005.  This is HDOT’s fifth call for applications to award SRTS federal funds provided by SAFETEA-LU.

Eligible recipients of SAFETEA-LU Section 1404 funds to be used for SRTS projects are limited to state, local and regional government agencies, including schools and school districts, and non-profit organizations.  Applications will be accepted only from these entities.  Recipients of SRTS federal funds will be responsible for all aspects of project implementation as HDOT’s role is as an oversight capacity only.

Eligible SRTS projects and activities shall directly support increased safety and convenience for students in grades K-8 to walk and/or bicycle to/from school.  In addition, all projects that use SRTS federal funds shall comply with applicable federal, state and local provisions.

Applications must be received by January 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m., at the following address:

Department of Transportation, Highways Division
Traffic Branch
601 Kamokila Boulevard, Rm 602
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
Attention: Tara Lucas

International Walk to School Day is on October 4, 2017.  Students, families, school leaders, community partners, and mayors around the country will celebrate the benefits of walking to school.  Registration is now open at www.walkbiketoschool.org.

PURPOSE

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) manages the federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, which has the following goals:

  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.

 

CREATING A SRTS PROGRAM

Schools and communities interested in SRTS should see the handout below that provides guidance on creating a SRTS program.

How Communities Make SRTS Happen (pdf file)

In addition, the slideshow presentation below provides an overview of the SRTS program in Hawaii.

Why SRTS Matters and Overview of SRTS in Hawaii (pdf file)

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

http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/files/2013/02/Creating-a-SRTS-Plan-Guidance-2013-2.pdf

AWARDS

The following projects were previously selected to receive federal SRTS funds provided by the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU).

Infrastructure Awards

Date

Project

Recipient

Amount

Status

2/22/2012

Princess Nahienaena Elementary School Safe Routes to School Project

County of Maui

 $116,189

Completed

2/22/2012

Kamalii Elementary School Safe Routes
to School Project

County of Maui/Keonekai Neighborhood
Association

 $404,629

Completed

4/10/2014 Island-Wide Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) Crosswalks and Sidewalk Improvements County of Kauai $251,500 Ongoing
4/10/2014 King Kaumualii School SRTS Phase 1 County of Kauai $416,540 Ongoing
4/10/2014 Koloa Safe Routes Phase 2 County of Kauai $490,875 Ongoing
4/10/2014 Paia School Frontage Improvements County of Maui $502,443 Ongoing
4/10/2014 Paia School Sidewalk Improvements County of Maui $455,495 Ongoing
9/19/2016 Kailua Bicycle Boulevard Keolu Drive To Kailua Road City and County of Honolulu $500,000 Ongoing
10/28/2016 Kalaheo School SRTS Phase 1 County of Kauai $499,458 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

4/10/2014 Fern Elementary School SRTS Fern Elementary School

$39,058

Completed

4/10/2014 Putting Our Plans to Work PATH – Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii

$6,029

Completed

4/10/2014 Get Fit Kauai SRTS University of Hawaii at Manoa Office of Public Health Studies

$19,809

Completed

7/29/2016 Campaign to Utilize Safe Routes to Wilson Elementary Wilson Elementary School

$20,980

Ongoing

 

SRTS PROGRAM SPECIAL FUND

In addition to the SRTS federal funds, HDOT manages the SRTS program special fund, which consists entirely of state funds collected as traffic violation surcharges. Chapter 19-109, Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR), “Safe Routes to School Program Special Fund” can be viewed online at http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/files/2014/03/Chapter-19-109-HAR-Standard-final-Signed.pdf.

As required by Chapter 19-109, HAR, the amounts shown in the table below were distributed, or shall be distributed, from the SRTS program special fund to the following counties.

 

State Fiscal Year City and County of Honolulu County of Hawaii County of Kauai County of Maui Total
Amount Date of Transfer Amount Date of Transfer Amount Date of Transfer Amount Date of Transfer Amount
2014 $317,801 3/2015 $94,329 6/2014 $86,463 6/2014 $101,406 6/2015 $600,000
2015 $158,901 6/2015 $47,165 6/2015 $43,232 7/2015 $50,703 6/2015 $300,000
2016 $582,635 8/2016 $172,937 6/2016 $158,516 6/2016 $185,911 5/2016 $1,100,000
2017 $291,318 In Process $86,469 5/2017 $79,258 6/2017 $91,958 6/2017 $550,000

RESOURCES

National Center for SRTS www.saferoutesinfo.org
The federal SRTS program’s clearinghouse.  This site includes resources such as: a comprehensive SRTS guide with resources organized by topic; resources for data collection and evaluation, including standardized data collection forms and an online report generation system; information about existing programs; state contact information; downloadable materials including fliers and pedestrian and bicyclist safety education, webinars and links to other resources.

The National Center also coordinates:
National Bike to School Day events
International Walk to School events in the USA www.walkbiketoschool.org
The official website for International Walk to School Day in the USA each October, National Bike to School Day each May and year-round walk and bike event planning. Site resources include promotional materials, safety tips, event planning guides, online event registration and a route mapping tool.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration www.nhtsa.gov
Pedestrian and bicycle safety materials and data are in the “driving safety” section.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center www.pedbikeinfo.org
Federal clearinghouse of pedestrian and bicycle information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access and mobility.

SRTS National Partnership saferoutespartnership.org
A group of organizations that advocates for SRTS programs.  Distributes an e-newsletter with SRTS news and operates a listserv.

The SRTS National Partnership also coordinates:
The Fire Up Your Feet Program http://fireupyourfeet.org/
Available to any elementary and middle school in grades K-8 nationally, Fire Up Your Feet offers free resources, an online activity tracker, a school fundraising organizer and more, all aimed at increasing physical activity before, during and after school for students, parents, school staff and teachers.

US Access Board www.access-board.gov
Design guidelines to assure accessibility for people with disabilities.

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