Charlottesville Receives "Safe Routes To School" Grant

May 13, 2008

The City of Charlottesville announced Tuesday that the City was awarded a large Safe Routes to School project grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

The money will be used to improve conditions for walking and bicycling to and from Burnley-Moran Elementary School on Long Street in the City. The school will receive $328,280 to build sidewalks and establish cross walks in the Locust Grove neighborhood just north of route 250.

The monies will also go for improvements to ensure continued compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Last year, funds were set aside for improvements to routes to Venable Elementary School and Buford Middle School totaling $366,600.

Primary purposes of the program:

• To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school

•To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age

•To facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that reduce traffic and improve safety, fuel consumption and air quality in the vicinity of primary and middle schools (kindergarten through the eighth grade)

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