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Money up for grabs in Tennessee?

From the TDOT website:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program

Safe Routes to School Program
TENNESSEE – SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL TRAINING

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federally funded program focusing on the benefits of children walking and biking to school. Its primary purpose is to encourage elementary and middle school children to safely walk and bike to school thereby promoting a healthier lifestyle, reducing traffic congestion and minimizing air pollution.

Congress provided SRTS funding to states through the federal surface transportation bill, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act – A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) for Federal fiscal years 2005 – 2009. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will receive a total $10.7 million for the SRTS program from the Federal Highway Administration. Eligible recipients include state, local, and regional agencies including non-profit organizations. Projects or activities are 100% federally funded; no match is permitted.

SRTS projects are popping up all over the country. A successful program integrates health, fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness, and safety under one program. It is an opportunity to work closely with schools, the community, and local government to create a healthy lifestyle for children and a safer, cleaner environment for everyone.

For 2007, a total of 78 applications with a value of $12.6 million in improvements was received and competed for the $4.5 million in available funding (the first three years of budgeted funds). The applications represented a good mix of educational activities, major projects such as sidewalk segments and shared-use paths and minor improvements such as sign packages, crosswalks, and pedestrian signals. View a complete listing of 2007 award recipients….

-To see the rest of the article, go to the TDOT page here. there is a list of workshops (though most are over with) to request money for your area for 2008. i believe this funding will run through 2009.

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