Over 150 schools throughout the state of Michigan participating in Bike to School Day 2014! Despite rainy weather throughout much of the state, kids were still able to ride, walk, and roll to school on May 7th.
The Northern Long-Eared Bat is being placed on the endangered species list this fall (approximately November 1, 2014) due to the decimation of the species from "White-Nosed Syndrome".
This has implications for all MDOT construction projects including SRTS engineering projects that go through MDOT's Local Agency Program (LAP) because local agencies must comply with the federal Endangered Species Act.
For FAQs regarding this issue, please click here.
What Level of Detail is Necessary for Plans and Cross-Sections?
So you’re planning on submitting your SRTS application and need to include engineering drawings to depict your plan. But how detailed do they need to be? Providing the right level of detail will ensure your application moves smoothly through the review process. Here are some pointers.
For starters, we suggest that you have a State of Michigan registered Professional Engineer (PE) participate in preparing your grant application which must include dimensioned existing and proposed typical plan views* showing the location and limits of the proposed work, dimensioned cross sections showing existing conditions and all proposed construction, an accurate cost estimate and budget, and a construction schedule consistent with the current MDOT Local Agency Program (LAP) Fiscal Year Project Planning Guide. We have had grant applications submitted with minimal apparent engineering input, and those applications needed to be returned for major updates. We realize that often planners and landscape architects play a major role in the design process, but again, when the drawings are submitted as part of a grant application, a PE must take responsibility for them.
Your engineering drawings should fall somewhere on the spectrum between conceptual drawings and preliminary engineering drawings. Where they fall on this spectrum will depend on the complexity of the subject site. To this end, we’ve put together a table of complex site considerations to help you decide what level of detail is necessary for your plans and cross-sections.
Register your school for a Bike to School event or sign up as a resource for a chance to win ten bikes and twenty helmets for a school or student-focused organization in your community!
In celebration of National Bike to School Day on May 7, 2014, the National Center for Safe Routes to School is pleased to announce the National Bike to School Day 2014: Helmets on Heads Bike Share Giveaway, sponsored by Pacific Cycle and its Schwinn Bicycle Brand (“Schwinn”).
In order to enter the weekly drawings for the ten bicycles and ten helmets, schools must register a school or kid-focused community organization event at www.walkbiketoschool.org.
Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is an international movement—and now a federal program—to make it safe, convenient and fun for children to bicycle and walk to school. When routes are safe, walking or biking to and from school is an easy way to get the regular physical activity children need for good health. Safe Routes to School initiatives also help ease traffic jams and air pollution, unite neighborhoods and contribute to students’ readiness to learn in school.