Safe routes to school program
(1)The commission shall establish and the department shall administer a safe routes to school program to distribute federal moneys received by the state or state moneys to political subdivisions of the state for projects to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in school areas.
(2)Projects funded by grants under the safe routes to school program may include:
(a)Construction of paved shoulders to be used as bike routes;
(b)Construction of multiple-use bicycle and pedestrian trails and pathways;
(c)Construction, replacement, and improvement of sidewalks;
(d)Installation and improvement of pedestrian and bicycle crossings;
(e)Construction and improvement of on-street bicycle facilities, including bike lanes;
(f)Installation of safety signs, including, but not limited to, traffic signals;
(h)Implementation of traffic-calming programs in neighborhoods near schools;
(i)Traffic diversion improvements;
(j)Construction or improvement of bicycle parking facilities; and
(k)Other projects authorized by applicable federal laws or regulations.
(3)Grants shall be awarded under the safe routes to school program based on:
(a)The demonstrated need of the applicant;
(b)The potential of the proposed project to reduce injuries and fatalities among children;
(c)The potential of the proposed project to encourage walking and bicycling among students;
(d)The extent to which the application identifies existing safety hazards;
(e)The extent to which the application identifies existing and potential walking and bicycling routes and the extent to which the proposed project would improve or connect them;
(f)Support for the proposed project from local school-based associations, traffic engineers, elected officials, law enforcement agencies, and school officials;
(g.5)Consideration for implementation of safe routes to schools in communities with schools having greater than fifty percent of the students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch pursuant to the provisions of the federal “Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act”, 42 U.S.C. sec. 1751 et seq.; and
(h)Other criteria allowed or required by applicable federal laws or regulations.
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(a)Of the grants awarded using state moneys, at least twenty percent but not more than thirty percent of the moneys must be awarded for grants for noninfrastructure programs.
(4)The executive director shall appoint an advisory committee to make recommendations to the commission, which shall award grants under the safe routes to school program. The committee shall have no more than nine members, who shall receive no compensation for service on the committee. The committee shall include at least one person from a statewide organization representing each of the following groups:
(e)Law enforcement personnel.
Section 43-1-1601 — Safe routes to school program,
https://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/images/olls/crs2023-title-43.pdf (accessed Oct. 20, 2023).