Safe Routes to School in the Active Transportation Program
What is the Active Transportation Program
The Active Transportation Program (ATP) is a statewide grant program thatencourages bicycling and walking, especially for children traveling to school and for residents of disadvantaged communities. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants awarded through the ATP. (Before 2014 a separate program funded SRTS grants). School-based projects and programs are eligible along with other types of walking and bicycling projects. See “examples of projects” section for more detail.
In 2015, $360 million will be awarded competitively as grants to communities across California for Safe Routes to School, walking, and bicycling projects and programs. That amount represents two years of state and federal active transportation funding from 2016-17 through 2017-18 budget years.
Why we need funding for Safe Routes to School projects in California:
The need for school-based infrastructure improvements and education, encouragement, and enforcement programs looms large! For example:
- 26% – 31% of CA kids already walk or bicycle to school, more than 2x the national average.
- Only 13% of students in CA have the option to ride a school bus compared to 37% nationally; these children need safe alternatives.
- Statewide, 27 percent of children killed or seriously injured in traffic collisions are on the street walking or bicycling – again nearly twice the national average!
- African-American and Latino children, and children from lower-income households, are more likely to walk or bicycle to school in CA but are less likely to have safe streets on which to travel.
- See the Travel to School in California brief for more data on the need for Safe Routes to School.
Fortunately, the ATP prioritizes funding to provide Safe Routes to School for children to travel.