Safe Routes To School Action Plan Development Assistance

Safe Routes To School Action Plan Development Assistance

The MSU School of Planning, Design & Construction (SPDC) and MSU College of Engineering receive grant funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) through Michigan Fitness Foundation to assist schools interested in developing a SRTS action plan that includes design and planning alternatives. 

Full Action Plan Technical Assistance includes: 

  • Assisting the local school/community with the development of a SRTS action plan complete with strategies and engineering/design alternatives. This process includes conducting and analyzing surveys, walking audits, and similar activities required as part of the SRTS planning process.
  • Providing design assistance. This process involves up to three local meetings attended by MSU professional designers and community planners along with professional traffic engineers.
  • Providing analysis of SRTS site, traffic analysis, and schematic engineering drawings for proposed physical improvements such as new sidewalks, shared-use pathways, bike lanes, crosswalks, ADA ramps, and signage.
  • Publishing the final SRTS Action Plan and provide electronic and report copies of the final products.
  • *Partial assistance can be requested as outlined above.

Assistance from the MSU team to develop SRTS Action Plans for elementary and middle/junior high schools will be available starting October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022Applications received before September 30, 2021 will be given preference. In addition to the MDOT/MFF grant to MSU, a local contribution of $3,000 is required for full action plan assistance

How to Seek Technical Assistance: 
Interested communities or schools must provide a written statement identifying:

  1. Why the community or school is seeking assistance (i.e. what problems need to be addressed?)
  2. Progress to date on your current SRTS Program (e.g. walk to school days, activities, community support)
  3. The type of assistance being requested (e.g. full action plan development, partial assistance for design/engineering, coordination, etc.)

The written statement must be 300 words or less and emailed to Wayne Beyea and Tim Gates