BikeWalkKC receives funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to expand SRTS efforts
BikeWalkKC has received more than $200,000 in funding from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City to turn a comprehensive, Safe Routes to School pilot project at James Elementary into a full-scale program.
We will be working with the Kansas City Public School District, to evaluate, alter and expand the pilot project, thanks to the Healthy Lifestyles Grant. Through this expansion we hope to create district-wide policy change that encourages walking and biking to school and promotes a safe environment with adequate facilities to do so.
The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City awarded 20 nonprofit organizations a total of $2,240,000 in Healthy Lifestyles grants.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to expand our Safe Routes to School efforts from James Elementary to the entire district and make Kansas City a safer space for kids to bike and walk to school,” says Outreach and Education Coordinator Maggie Priesmeyer. “Thanks to the Health Care Foundation, we’ll be able to provide a comprehensive analysis of neighborhood schools to improve the health of the region and bike/ped infrastrucutre, as well as cut district transportation costs.”
The Health Care Foundation received more than 60 proposals totalling $8.9 million in requests. These expanded SRTS efforts will begin this coming school year. Learn more about our education programs on our website.