Unifying Alabama's Traffic Safety Efforts
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Safe Routes to School
The Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) is Section 1404 of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETTEA-LU, Public Law 109-59), which was signed into law August 10, 2005. The purpose of SRTS is to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; to make walking and bicycling to school safer and more appealing; and to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects that will improve highway safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. Each state receives SRTS funds, and The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) administers the program in Alabama. The ALDOT Safe Routes to School Coordinator is Mr. Bill Luckerson of the Bureau of Modal Programs.The SRTS program allows local communities to submit funding proposals to ALDOT to address roadway and safety issues such as congestion within school zones and inadequate pedestrian facilities. SRTS enables communities to design on-street improvements to make alternative modes of travel safer and to reduce the fears associated with children walking or bicycling to school. Local communities are encouraged to examine these concerns from a broad based perspective and develop solutions that reflect comprehensive involvement, input, and implementation strategies.