State Announces Funds To Improve Walkways and Bike Paths for School Children

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be investing $7.2 million to 58 different Safe Routes to School projects throughout Ohio.

According to a press release, the funding will assist communities by improving safety for school children. Safety enhancements include building or improving sidewalks and crosswalks, and will also provide more education and encouragement to help children learn how to be safe when walking or bicycling to school.

Ohio's Safe Routes to School Program is designed to assist communities in developing and implementing projects and programs that encourage and enable children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk or bike to school safely, according to the release.

“Our goal with these projects is to help communities improve safety,” said ODOT Director Jerry Wray. “We believe the Safe Routes to School program is a great way to encourage safer behavior by working with local communities and their kids.”

Local and regional governments, schools and community organizations are eligible to apply for funding.