State Safety Office
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Walking School Bus
Special Requirements Application Guidance Project Evaluation &Selection Project Administration
Projects may include planning, design, and construction of infrastructure-related projects that will substantially improve the ability of students to walk and bicycle to school. They should directly support increased safety and convenience for school children in grades K-12 to bicycle and/or walk to school. Projects may indirectly benefit the general public, however these constituencies cannot be the sole or primary beneficiaries.
Infrastructure projects constructed with these funds must be accessible to persons with disabilities, per the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) at 28 CFR Part 36, Appendix A, as enforced by the U.S. Department of Justice and FHWA, and as required under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The SRTS program is for the benefit of public, private and tribal schools serving Kindergarten through High School. Applicants will need to partner with a Maintaining Agency. A Maintaining Agency is a government agency which is able to:
· enter into a legal agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation
· design and/or construct the project in accordance with all federal requirements,
· provide the initial funding for the project before being reimbursed, and
· maintain the completed Infrastructure project.
Generally, Maintaining Agencies will need to be Local Area Program (LAP) certified, since most SRTS projects are handled through LAP Agreements. The District has the option of developing alternate ways to get the projects completed, including designing and/or building the project in-house, contracting for these services, or buying equipment such as bike racks or traffic engineering equipment for the locals to install and maintain. Contact your District for more information on how your District is handling these matters.
Eligible Projects - This list is not intended to be comprehensive; other types of projects that are not on this list may also be eligible if they meet the objectives of reducing speeds and improving pedestrian and bicycle safety and access.
The following types of projects are eligible under Florida Guidelines:
Pedestrian Facilities: Includes new sidewalks and other pathways, sidewalk widening and sidewalk gap closures, all on the public right of way. All of these facilities must include Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps and meet other ADA requirements. Short pedestrian bridges may be able to be funded. Improvements to routes leading to bus stops.
Bicycle Facilities: Includes bicycle parking facilities such as bike racks, shelters and bike lockers on school grounds. These may be purchased for placement on public school property, but not on private property. This means these facilities cannot generally be placed on private school grounds, though there may be special cases. School Boards normally prefer to install racks themselves on school property.
Traffic Control Devices: Includes new or upgraded marked crosswalks, pavement markings, traffic signs and signals, flashing beacons, bicycle-sensitive signal actuation devices, pedestrian countdown signals, pedestrian activated signal upgrades, and all other pedestrian and bicycle related traffic control devices. Generally these are included as part of a larger bicycle or pedestrian facility project instead of as stand-alone projects. (Note: For any traffic control device that requires minimum ‘warrants’ to be satisfied prior to their installation, warrant sheets must be attached to the application. Coordinate with the appropriate traffic engineering office on this.)
Traffic Calming: Includes roundabouts, bulb-outs, speed humps, raised crosswalks, raised intersections, median refuges, narrowed traffic lanes, lane reductions, full or half street closures and other speed reduction techniques. Generally these are included as part of an overall pedestrian or bicycle facility project. (NOTE: to be eligible, the primary benefit of the proposed traffic calming must be to benefit students biking or walking to or from school.
Ineligible Projects - This is not a comprehensive list of ineligible projects. It is to be used as a guide.
The following are examples of projects which are ineligible:
· Purchase of right of way.
· Sidewalks or other pathways on school property, which are the responsibility of the school board or private school.
· Stand-alone curb ramps, which should be addressed with other funds to meet ADA requirements.
· Stand-alone items that should be addressed by regular maintenance, such as pavement repairs, repainting of roadway markings or replacement of signs.