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Hundreds of kids and parents gather for a Walk­to­School day in Farmington.

NHDOT will invite local schools, their communities, and supporters to submit applications for reimbursement funding.

Most initial awards will be for non­infrastructure projects. Some of these projects conducting a survey, sponsoring a bike rodeo or cycling safety class, and holding a school assembly on safety issues, for example ­ can be implemented fairly quickly.

Funds can also be used for more detailed survey and planning work that will lead to applications for a more­expensive infrastructure projects.

SRTS is a federal program with minimal restrictions. Our goal at the state level is simple: to encourage as many children as possible to safely ride bicycles or walk to school. We want to ensure that limited funds are used as effectively as possible, and that people at the community level participate as fully as possible.

The funding program will be flexible enough to allow schools that are already well organized to submit applications for infrastructure proposals. Infrastructure projects must be included in the stat s 10­year Transportation Improvement Plan and then the Federal Highway Administration s Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan.

Federal guidelines also permit advocacy and non­profit organizations to submit applications. For example, a statewide program to send bicycle safety instructors into schools could be considered. The program is also flexible enough to allow individual schools to work together, with a task force organized at the district or SAU level.

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