OCWCOG has initiated several projects relating to a Safe Routes to School grant. Last month, staff provided a railroad safety presentation to the full student body at Harrisburg Elementary School, including a video from Operation LifeSaver, a leader in railroad safety education for youth (https://oli.org). OCWCOG staff also met with Albany’s Sunrise Elementary School staff to discuss project ideas. The projects in all school districts are being developed in collaboration with the participating schools and communities, and will include bike and pedestrian safety education, coalition-building, and strategic planning.
OCWCOG received the grant from the ODOT Transportation Safety Division, to implement Safe Routes to School projects in five local school districts: Albany, Harrisburg, Jefferson, Lebanon, and Sweet Home. Funding began in October of 2016 and continues through October 2019.