Oklahoma Spotlight: City of Seminole Passes Safe Routes to Schools Resolution

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Congratulations to the City of Seminole!

Joint efforts between the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Healthy Living Program serving Seminole County, Oklahoma and the City of Seminole Community Development will make walking and bicycling to school safer and more accessible to children. A Safe Routes to Schools Resolution and Policy was unanimously passed on October 10, 2017 by the Seminole City Council (TAG).

What does this mean for the community?

Benefits of this program scale multiple levels. Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) not only decrease school traffic in the morning and improve air quality, but also start healthy habits at a young age. The people of Seminole will soon be enjoying safer and better commutes!

What is the next step?

This resolution is the first step towards preparing for the upcoming Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Funding opportunity. Federal Funds provide up to 80 percent of the design and 100 percent of the construction costs of the project, capping at $400,000.00. The City of Seminole’s project may include: sidewalk improvements, traffic calming and speed reduction improvements, pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, secure bicycle parking facilities, and traffic diversion improvements in the vicinity of schools. Improvements must be made within a 2 mile radius of an elementary school for SRTS Funding.

“The City of Seminole will improve their commitment to Safe Routes to School by adopting the Safe Routes to School Policy and Resolution,” said Bettye Finch, Seminole Healthy Living Consultant. “We are excited to partner with their next steps to improving the health and wellness in this community, and provided signage for their walking trail.”

Special thanks to City of Seminole Community Development Director, Sharon Emmitt, for making this resolution possible.

For More Information

Check out Safe Routes to Schools By the Numbers for data and information on making a case for implementation of this program.

You may also contact Bettye Finch at 405-317-1105 for assistance in your business or city; or Claudia Willis at 405-380-7300 for assistance in schools or community institutions/churches. They are with the Healthy Living Program serving Seminole County, funded by TSET.


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