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Case Study: Strong Interagency Relationships Build Capacity and Support in DeWitt

Districtwide approaches to Safe Route to School (SRTS) projects are strongly encouraged because they provide consistent communication, education, and a supportive culture for walking and biking to school. This approach works to ensure that no matter the location a student finds themselves in while traveling to and from school, they have resources that support walking […]

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Bike & Roll to School Wrap Up

On May 2, we celebrated National Bike Month with Bike & Roll to School Day (BR2SD). With the addition of “roll” in the event title, we acknowledged inclusion and equity by encouraging all students to safely walk, bike, or roll to school by recognizing the variety of active travel modes people use in their communities. Michigan was fifth

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Community tree-planting grants 

  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is accepting grant proposals until June 17 for community tree-planting projects. The 2022 DTE Energy Foundation partnership grant program is for projects that reduce the effects of climate change and bring natural beauty and the benefits of trees to community streets and public spaces in DTE Energy’s service area. The DTE Foundation, DNR, and nonprofit

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

In our opinion, it is no coincidence that Mental Health Awareness Month and Bike Month overlap in May. The regular, uniform movement of cycling has a relaxing effect on the brain, which decreases stress levels, reduces the risk of depression, and decreases symptoms linked to anxiety.  The benefits of cycling and getting outside can be combined by biking to school, work,

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Case Study: The Grosse Pointe Planning Process from Mini Grant to Major Grant

Over the last decade, the Michigan Safe Routes to School (SRTS) team has been encouraging communities to think of their programming, planning and infrastructure design needs with a holistic, district-wide approach. Instead of focusing on improving active transportation for students and families around one school, they have been encouraging stakeholders to consider all schools in

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Transportation Bonanza

In partnership with Michigan Safe Routes to School at  Michigan Fitness Foundation and Michigan Department of Transportation, the Michigan Association of Planning hosts this annual event to bring together professionals from the fields of planning, education, transportation, health, engineering, natural resource and environmental protection, architecture, landscape architecture, and others to connect around the topic of

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Mini Grant RFP Open

The Mini Grant RFP for the 2022-2023 school year is open. We are accepting applications until 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 4. Schools with students in grades K-8, or affiliated non-profits, are eligible to apply.   Mini Grants support active transportation programs to and from school. Grants awards are available up to $10,000 per school. The maximum award

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Updated SRTS Handbook

We’re proud to present the updated Safe Routes to School Handbook (SRTS Handbook). It is a comprehensive resource designed to help stakeholders plan for sustainable projects and programs. Covering all the steps local teams need to complete the action planning process to apply for a Major Grant, it is also a helpful tool for planning Mini Grant

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