Governor Phil Bredesen today announced Safe Routes to School funding for the city of Cookeville totaling $244,763 for improvements at Capshaw Elementary, Avery Trace Middle and Jere Whitson Elementary Schools. The Safe Routes to School program is a statewide initiative designed to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
"The Safe Routes to School program is a great opportunity for schools, communities and government officials to work together to promote a healthier lifestyle for Tennessee children," said Bredesen. "The program helps create safer walking and biking environments for students and funds activities to encourage children and their parents to consider walking and biking to school for a more active lifestyle."
Capshaw Elementary, Avery Trace Middle, and Jere Whitson Elementary Schools will utilize the Safe Routes to School funds for sidewalk construction, crosswalks, and pedestrian facilities. Funds will also be used to provide a safety educational program and promotional activities to encourage walking and biking as a safe and healthy initiative that will impact over 1,700 students. The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.
"The Safe Routes to School program is an innovative program that integrates health, safety, traffic relief and environmental awareness under one umbrella," said TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. "Funds may be used for infrastructure projects and for other programs that directly support increased safety and encourage elementary and middle school children to walk and bike to school."