The City of Oakley applied for and has received a Safe Routes to School Technical Assistance Grant by Contra Costa Transportation Authority of $15,000! This grant program is for municipalities to use for evaluating and identifying solutions to address traffic flow and pedestrian safety concerns around school sites.
As part of this grant program, City staff will work collaboratively with the transportation consultant selected by Contra Costa Transportation Authority to analyze and evaluate traffic flow problems and prepare designs that go towards addressing the traffic problems faced at each site. This task will include the evaluation of traffic flows and pedestrian safety at: Orchard Park School (Live Oak Avenue) and Vintage Parkway School (Vintage Parkway). The work on this project is anticipated to begin in May 2015 and be concluded by September 2015.
There is sustained and growing interest in Safe Routes to School efforts throughout the Bay Area. Safe Routes to School (often abbreviated as SR2S) activities can take many forms, but all have the basic objective of improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists around schools. When more children walk or bike to school the benefits can be quite varied, from reduced vehicular traffic around schools, to improved public health outcomes through increased physical activity, to an enhanced sense of community for the neighborhood around the school.
There have been and continue to be significant SR2S efforts in Contra Costa County. These efforts generally fall into two categories: capital and programmatic. The capital category involves capital improvement projects that enhance the physical infrastructure around schools to allow for safer and more convenient walking and bicycling. The programmatic category involves programs that promote safety and encourage walking and bicycling activities through student and parent education and encouragement.