Safe Routes to School grant awarded to NISD

June 8, 2010

Walking and biking to school will soon be made easier thanks to the "Safe Routes to School" grant awarded to Northside ISD by the Texas Department of Transportation. The District received over $1.2 million for Glass Elementary, Powell Elementary, Glenoaks Elementary, and Neff Middle School.

Northside ISD was the only district to receive funding in San Antonio. The money received from this grant will be used for projects such as new or upgraded sidewalks, improved crosswalks and traffic signals and new or improved bicycle lanes at the designated schools.

"It's important that routes to schools in communities be safe for students," says Superintendent Dr. John Folks. "Those funds will help us do just that."

The "Safe Routes to School" program encourages children to walk and bicycle to school by making commuting safer and more appealing. The projects allow for improvements on safety and reduced traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution near elementary and middle schools.

The Texas Transportation Commission approved 200 new federal Safe Routes to School projects, totaling more than $54.1 million to be used by local communities in Texas.