Safe Routes Scoop
Completing Big Projects
Using Little Budgets

for uniforms and traffic signals, including SRTS-related equipment. Crossing guard uniforms and equipment are regulated by the state’s Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (1). By banding together to place bulk orders for vests, whistles or stop paddles (now required under the updated MUTCD), municipalities can lower their per-unit costs significantly. Pedestrian crossing signs or even promotional items very likely could also be eligible for bulk discounts. 

 

Finding Funding 
A variety of avenues are open to communities to fund their SRTS projects. Opportunities exist at the national level through federal grants, and closer to home through local non-profits. With a focus on community, safety, health, and the environment, the multiple benefits of SRTS programs may often align with the interests of a variety of local organizations. By investigating new partnership opportunities, SRTS sponsors can work with other groups to spread the SRTS message and promote common goals.  Potential funding sources include:

 

  • federal government

 

  • state government

 

  • county and municipal capital programs

 

  • national and local non-profit organizations
  • corporations, businesses

 

Federal Funds: The search for funds usually starts with the federal SRTS grant program which provides funding to each state to enhance safe walking and biking to school for primary and middle school students. New Jersey has announced three rounds of SRTS grant funding, awarding nearly $14 million to nearly 100 municipalities throughout the state. However, other federal resources are available to complete SRTS projects. The U.S. Department of Education, through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), awards millions of dollars each year to schools and community-based organizations to initiate, expand, and improve physical education programs (2). Many SRTS education and encouragement programs could qualify. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Education Division (EED) awards grants for environmental education projects that teach children how to make informed decisions that affect environmental quality (3). With the broad environmental appeal of SRTS, many non-infrastructure SRTS-related projects could qualify for this funding.

 

State Funds: Several sources of state aid are available to fund local SRTS infrastructure projects, including a variety of grants awarded by the
New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Local

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