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Funding Promotes Healthy Activity by School Students

Tuesday February 23, 2010

‘Safe Routes to School’ to fund sidewalk improvement projects

Gov. Steve Beshear and Mayor Jerry Abramson today presented $31,578 in federal Safe Routes to School funding to Rangeland Elementary School, in Jefferson County, for sidewalk improvement projects.

“This project will do much to address pressing safety concerns, but it will have another benefit—health,” said Gov. Beshear. “As more and more children in America and in Kentucky struggle with weight and nutrition issues, it is increasingly important for us to encourage physical activity.

“I encourage parents to also take advantage of the route and get active. Children learn from us, and we must make a conscious effort to live a healthy lifestyle.”

“Once again, Governor Beshear is placing a priority on our school children,” said Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson. “We appreciate his leadership to literally make their paths to education safer and better.”

The project will fund the following renovations and expenses:

  • Repaving of the current north pathway on school property to the neighborhood sidewalk, enlarging the pathway from four feet to eight feet. The project will also repave a section from Rosalind Court North to Runic Way. ADA curb ramps will be added at both ends of this section. Approximately 50 feet of broken or missing sidewalk on Runic Way will also be replaced.

  • Improvement of the pedestrian pathway by eliminating three parking spaces and installing an eight-foot striped area. This will provide additional buffer space between carpool automobiles and pedestrians.

  • Improvement of sight lines by moving the current fence to a uniform 15 feet from the curb and removing shrubs or trees in the buffer. The current car gate at the entrance to the play area will be removed and replaced with removable steel bollards.

  • Rangeland Elementary will add bike racks to accommodate bicyclists.

“Any funding to make improvements to our schools is always welcome,” said Sen. Denise Harper Angel, of Louisville. “It is especially gratifying during these tough economic times for Rangeland Elementary to receive money to help with necessary renovations. Projects such as repaving, improving the pedestrian pathway, improving the sight lines near the play area, and adding bike racks will make our school a safer, more appealing place for our children to learn and grow socially.”

“I am pleased that Rangeland Elementary is receiving this funding to make much needed safety improvements to various pedestrian pathways,” said Speaker Pro Tem Larry Clark, of Louisville. “It is important that students have safe routes to get to and from school each day.”

Safe Routes to School projects are designed to encourage students in kindergarten through eighth grade to walk or ride bicycles to school – getting exercise and reducing motor vehicle traffic at the same time. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet administers the program in Kentucky.

Information about the Safe Routes program in Kentucky is available at