ODOT Safe Routes to School Program

By: Mollie Lair Email
By: Mollie Lair Email

The Ohio Department of Transportation started the program in 2004 and since then has awarded $48 million in funding for transportation costs.

This grant money helps improve conditions for students in grades K-8 that either walk or ride a bike to school.

And safer travel routes mean more reason to get outside and exercise.

"Its made biking to school and walking to school safer. We've improved crosswalks. We've improved bike paths. We've been able to install bike racks at many schools so there's all sorts of programs in addition to educational programs that benefits those biking and walking to school," says ODOT Public Information Officer Joel Hunt.

Athens County Middle School, Beverly Elementary, and Marietta City Schools are using their funding to repair sidewalks.

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