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Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS)

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Application Guidance

We recommend that applicants use the Florida Safe Ways to School Tool Kit as their planning process. The Tool Kit contains a process for forming a planning committee and creating and implementing a comprehensive Safe Routes to School plan. The Toolkit can be downloaded from: Florida Safe Ways to School Tool Kit.

Use the national data collection forms located under Evaluation on the website of the National Center for SRTS. The Student In-class Travel Tally and Parent Survey are required to be conducted 3 times during this process.

1.  Before an application or information form is submitted.
2.  Shortly before a SRTS project begins.
3.  Three to six months after it is completed.

The surveys or tallies must be submitted to the National Center for SRTS (NCSRTS) data base at least six (6) weeks before submitting your application, so you can include the required data summary charts from the NCSRTS as attachments to your application as well as summarizing the results in the body of your Infrastructure application form.

The results from these survey forms must be reported to the District FDOT office which is overseeing your project, as part of the final report on your project.

Deciding how many Applications are needed:

· Generally, each school requires a separate Infrastructure Application.

· If schools (or any two or more qualifying schools) are located close together and proposed improvements will benefit both schools, they may be combined in one Application. Information on any after school facility which also benefits from the proposed project can be included in the text of the application.

· If there are multiple improvements requested for one school, they should be included in one application.

· If an Applicant proposes improvements at two schools not in the immediate vicinity, two applications would be needed.

Proposals for the same treatment at multiple schools must be based on comprehensive school-based planning which has resulted in the proposals. “One size fits all” solutions generally are not effective for SRTS.

Notification and Administration

Applicants are required to list contact information on each SRTS application. This gives the Districts a point of contact if questions need to be answered or if modifications are needed to the application. After SRTS projects are reviewed and funding decisions are made, the District will notify each applicant of their proposal’s selection or non-selection. A representative from the District will also contact the designated local contact person to help him or her through the process of formalizing the agreement and completing the project or program.

Infrastructure Projects

Basic Information:

Proposed Infrastructure or Engineering projects may be located on or off the state highway system. Infrastructure projects usually take longer to plan and implement. But when they are designed to correct an identified problem, they have a great potential to help more students walk and bike safely to and from school.

Public support for Infrastructure projects is mandatory. The public should be informed of the proposal through presentations at such groups as Neighborhood Associations, PTA/PTO’s and religious and community groups, as well as through writing articles and letters to the editor of local newspapers. The public should also be invited to attend the school-based SRTS Committee meetings during which the school-based SRTS committee discusses the project proposals. Although meetings of the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and MPO are considered public meetings and should be part of the public involvement process, these meetings must be supplemented by meetings with the affected Neighborhood Associations or other neighborhood meetings, and meetings with the PTA/PTO’s for the affected schools, in order to ensure that those directly affected by the projects are informed and support the projects. Some proposed projects will allow students who live within two miles of their school to walk or bike to school, instead of being bused under a “hazardous” or “courtesy” busing program.


Eligibility for SRTS Funding

You will be asked to supply information on many of these items in your application. Important eligibility points to remember:

· Proposed projects must be designed to meet an identified need that is preventing students from walking or biking safely to and from school.

· Proposed projects must be within a two-mile radius of the participating school, and within the school attendance area. Generally, the closer the project is to the school, the more likely it will be to increase the numbers of students walking or biking to and from school, or to increase the safety of students already walking or biking to school. For instance, projects beginning within a half mile to one mile from the school are more likely to encourage students to walk or bike, than projects beginning farther away.

· Proposed projects must be located on public property or on permanent public easements. Right of way issues must be resolved before applying. Make sure you have a clear right of way, and be ready to show the proof.

· Use of traffic control devices must be consistent with the current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), unless the applicant receives experimental approval from FHWA.

 

APPLICATION

Florida’s Infrastructure Application can be found on the FDOT Forms Website, Form number 500-000-30.

Complete all applicable sections of the Application and attach all required attachments. Failure to provide all required information may disqualify your application.

Example of an approved application coming soon.