Leveraging federal transportation dollars to increase physical-activity opportunities for kids
This project will advance built-environment improvements in all 50 states by leveraging federal resources and supporting vulnerable communities through policy changes that improve walking and bicycling for children. A growing body of evidence confirms that community and street-scale improvements to the built environment, (e.g., sidewalk continuity; ease and safety of street crossings; improved lighting, and the presence of traffic-calming structures) play an important role in increasing physical activity for children and adults. This project will result in thousands of more miles of sidewalks and bike paths, traffic-calming projects, and safer street crossings, and will enable many more students to benefit from the federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. In addition, the project will ensure that state grants and application procedures better serve the needs of low-income schools and communities. Deliverables will include increased rates in the awarding of SRTS funds and in spending funds already awarded in all 50 states and Washington; state-level policy reform in seven states related to joint-use agreements and street-scale improvements; a learning network; and two policy reports highlighting the importance of the built environment in relation to improving health.
Amount Awarded $2,999,725.00
Awarded on: 12/1/2011
Time frame: 12/15/2011 - 3/31/2014
Grant Number: 69063