A $25,000 grant received by the City of Houston will fund programs designed to improve walking and bicycle safety near the Houston School District campus.
The “Safe Routes to School” grant, written by the city’s development director, Elaine Campbell, was funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation.
Programs are geared to two age groups: kindergarten through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade. Numerous lessons, games and giveaways are planned for those who enroll in the programs. Volunteers and the Houston Police Department will assist.
The middle school program also includes an after-school club that will allow students to complete a two-hour training to qualify for a “Fit in Houston” bike rider certificate. The award of the funds comes after a previous successful city grant application that will result in many improvements around the school district, including biking lanes. That work will begin later this year.