I would like to introdue all of you to Patrick Sullivan. Patrick is a student at Mounds View High School and an advocate for Safe Routes to School in Minnesota. Take a minute and watch this great video featuring Patrick and other advocates for Minnesota's Safe Routes to School program.
The SRTS program seeks to increase physical activity among school children and decrease transportation costs. In the last federal funding cycle MNDOT received 82 applications from local schools requesting $23 million but only $3.8 million was available and awarded to 16 applicants through the federal program. Currently at least 70 schools and districts across the state are planning for Safe Routes to Schools in their communities. Help those districts secure Safe Routes to School by asking your lawmakers to fund the Minnesota Safe Routes to School program.
Make sure you also check out the Minnesota Safe Routes to School Coalition website and Facebook page. And, use the comments section of this blog to tell us about your school district's routes to school.