Florida’s Safe Routes to School initiatives help communities address their school transportation needs and encourage more students to walk or cycle to school. SRTS strives to enable and encourage students in grades Kindergarten through High School, including those with disabilities, to walk and cycle to school; to make walking and biking to school safer and more appealing; and to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools. In addition to encouraging more students to walk or cycle to school, the program also seeks to address the safety needs of students already walking or biking in less than ideal conditions.
Resources are available for each community and each school to develop their own program. A successful SRTS Program integrates health, physical activity and fitness, traffic relief, environmental awareness, and safety under one program. Programs should encompass routes and techniques used to encourage students to walk or cycle to or from school. We encourage schools, local transportation officials and other qualified groups to cooperate and apply for funding to supplement local resources.
Safe Routes to School Tampa Bay is a great resource for your community walking school bus/bicycle train program. Here you can find which schools are participating in the Safe Routes to School program this year, as well as many pedestrian and bicycle safety resources.
The Florida Department of Transportation is now again accepting applications for sidewalk infrastructure projects serving elementary, middle and high schools throughout Tampa Bay. School applicants will also need to partner with a Maintaining Agency to own and operate the infrastructure after it is built. A Maintaining Agency is a government agency which is able to:
- enter into a legal agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation
- design and/or construct the project in accordance with all federal requirements,
- provide the initial funding for the project before being reimbursed, and maintain the completed Infrastructure project
The application process is competitive and is managed by the FDOT District 7 Safety Office.
Hard copies of the new application for 2016 may be downloaded by clicking here.
SRTS Infrastructure Project Applications may now be completed onling using a web-based application portal. Sponsor agencies are encouraged to use the online portal to submit applications. The portal allows you to complete the application incrementally and return to, collaborate with others working on the same application, as well as upload supporting information and attachments to a central location that is accessible remotely via the web.
Eligible sponsor agency representatives may request a login ID and password by clicking here.
Click here to view current & ongoing SRTS projects.
SRTS Infrastructure Program
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is the online application preferred over the PDF/paper hard copy submittal?
A: It is, but it will not affect the scoring. The online application was created to help you get your applications completed more efficiently and also help the District understand which projects are pending or close to being ready to submit.
Q: How do I get a login ID and password to the application portal?
A: Only representatives from eligible sponsoring or maintaining agencies may gain access to the web portal for their agency by e-mailing Anthony Chaumont at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Can Consultants submit this online application or must this be done by the City/County?
A: Consultants may submit online applications, however, written authorization to access the portal for a specific agency must be provided by a representative from that agency.
Q: On the submission checklist Item M – Color Digital Photos: Is there a minimum number of photos that FDOT wants to see or do we simply need to submit however many photos necessary to describe the existing conditions?
A: There is not a minimum number of photos required, it is expected that you submit however many photos are necessary to describe the existing conditions.
Q: How many responses do we need to receive for the Parent Surveys?
A: There is not a goal, but it is expected that you will generate at least 20-30% response rate.
Q: Is the SRTS Infrastructure Scoring Form available for our use before we submit the application? If you are able, can you please send me a copy of the scoring form?
A: The evaluation form has now been posted on the www.d7srts.org website.
Q: Which grades do we need travel tallies for?
A: It is expected that travel tallies be collected for all grades in the school, since all students will be walking at some point in the life span of the infrastructure.
An informational webinar hosted by FDOT District Seven was held on January 6, 2016 as part of the Local Agency Traffic Safety Academy Webinar Series. The webinar featured the new SRTS infrastructure program information and application process and provided answers to frequently asked questions.
Click Here to download a PDF file of the presentation.