Activate and the City Receives Safe Routes to School Grant

April 28, 2010

April 28, 2010, Martinsville, VA- Over $295,000 in Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funds has been received through a partnership between the City of Martinsville and Activate MHC. SRTS is a Federal-Aid program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The SRTS Program is fully funded by federal grants and does not require any additional local funding.

The City and Activate submitted two SRTS grants simultaneously to VDOT in late 2009. The first grant is an infrastructure improvement grant in the amount of $260,929 to improve the walkability and bikeability of the corridor from Askins Street to Cleveland Avenue. According to Clarence Monday, City Manager, "funds received can be used for installation of upgraded pedestrian safety features at crosswalks; improvement of pedestrian flow by removing obstacles on sidewalks, installing or repairing sidewalks, and adding curbing; and installation of traffic calming features such as raised median islands along this corridor".

The second grant is a programming grant in the amount of $36,400 for Albert Harris and Patrick Henry Elementary and Martinsville Middle School. Proposed programs include bicycle and pedestrian safety education; activities such as special "walk to school day" events; crossing guard training programs and equipment and a walking school bus program.

"Safe Routes to School funding is very competitive. There were applications all over the Commonwealth submitted for 2010 funding. To date, there have only been 19 local SRTS infrastructure projects and 31 local SRTS non-infrastructure programs awarded. By working with schools, city officials, parents and students, our grant application represented the vision of the entire community which led to Martinsville's success in receiving this funding" said Jeannie Frisco, Program Director for Activate.