PRICHARD, Ala. - The City of Prichard is pleased to announce it will receive$150,000 from the Alabama Department of Transportation as part ofthe National Safe Routes to School Program.
The scope of the project will include the construction of a6-foot-wide sidewalk along one side of High Pointe Boulevardoriginating from Indian Springs Elementary School and ending at theneighborhood developments south of the school. The proposed lengthwill be about 4,500 linear feet.
The sidewalks will help to enhance safety concerns for theneighborhoods adjacent to the school and encourage students to walkor bike to school. Childhood obesity rates have more than tripledin the past 30 years, while the number of children walking andbiking to school has declined.
According to the 2001 National Household Travel Survey, lessthan 16 percent of students between the ages of 5 and 15 walked orbiked to or from school, compared to 42 percent in 1969.
Through the 2005 passage of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible,Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users(SAFETEA-LU), Congress designated a total of $612 million towarddeveloping the National Safe Routes to School Program.
In Alabama, elementary schools across the state will participatein National Walk to School Day on October 7, 2009. The event is anofficial part of the Safe Routes to School Program in Alabama andis a great tool to kick off a walking program or to raise awarenessregarding walking safely in your community.
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