Cupertino wins micro-grant to bolster Safe Routes 2 School

Safe Route 2 School programPhoto: The Safe Routes to School National Partnership

Cupertino’s Safe Routes 2 School initiative was one of 27 communities to win a Community Change Micro Grant from a national organization working to make U.S. cities more walkable.

The projects were among 750 applications nationwide selected to receive a grant of up to $1,500 from America Walks.

In Cupertino, the grant aims to bolster the city’s Safe Routes 2 School, a comprehensive strategy that aims to increase walking and cycling to schools by enhancing pedestrian safety and also by promoting the health benefits of such physical activities. The program unites community stakeholders to investigate conditions around schools and recommend projects that will improve safety and accessibility and reduce traffic and air pollution.

“With this [Community Change Micro Grant], we hope to increase the number of middle school students who walk during or outside of school hours using a student-driven initiative,” the city stated in its grant application.

To learn more about Safe Routes 2 Schools, go here.