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The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments has received a $129,682 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Transportation Safety Division to support the Safe Routes to School programs in the Sweet Home, Lebanon, Greater Albany, Jefferson and Harrisburg school districts.

The Council of Governments has partnered with ODOT since 2013 on the Safe Routes to School program. It is a national movement to promote safe, healthy, active transportation for school children.

The program, which will run from October 2016 to 2019, will be developed in collaboration with the participating schools and communities, and will include bike and pedestrian safety education, coalition building, and strategic planning. Activities will include providing traffic mitigation strategies and providing pedestrian safety presentations for elementary students.

The grant is part of $880,192 in total funding released by ODOT to eight recipients for the Safe Routes to School programs, whose goals are education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation, engineering and equity.

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Anyone interested in becoming involved with the Safe Routes to School program may contact the Council of Governments.

Several of the communities will participate in the development of action plans, identifying goals, strategies and challenges related to walking and biking.

For more information, contact Tarah Campi at 541-924-8480.

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Contact Linn County reporter Alex Paul at 541-812-6114.

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