Safe Routes to School Improvement Projects
Austin Public Works’ Safe Routes to School Program is identifying projects to help children safely and easily travel to and from school. As part of the 2016 Mobility Bond, the Safe Routes Program is working on Infrastructure Reports. These reports rank projects by need and cost benefit so that our program can fund high priority projects throughout Austin.
The 2016 Mobility Bond included $27.5M for Safe Routes to School. These funds will be divided evenly between all 10 Austin City Council districts.
Keep track of this and other 2016 Mobility Bond projects on Capital Project Explorer. See Safe Routes to School projects on Capital Project Explorer here.
Learn More about Safe Routes Improvements Near You
Find your neighborhood school in the map below to learn more about Safe Routes improvements in your area.
How To Use This Map: First, search for your school in the map below. Then, click on the "school" icon for a link with more information about recommended projects near you.
We are creating an Infrastructure Report for each City Council district. The reports list and rank projects to improve students’ routes to elementary and middle schools within that district. They also include a map with recommended project locations.
Draft Safe Routes Infrastructure Reports are now available for all 10 Austin City Council Districts.
Over the last two years, we’ve been working with the community to learn about challenges students across Austin face when traveling to and home from school. Between November 2017 through the present, we reached out to parents, neighbors, and schools to get input.
Our team gathered feedback through:
- Walk audits of 136 schools
- District-wide public meetings and pop-up events
- Feedback in an interactive online map
Safe Routes then developed the draft Infrastructure Reports for each City Council District. As these draft reports were released, Safe Routes provided a three-week online comment period to allow community members to share projects for consideration in the final reports. Before the final Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Reports are released, the team will review projects identified in these surveys for potential inclusion.
Find your local school on the map above to learn more about our public process in your district.
Depending on future funding, our team plans to update these reports every five years.
The team used all of the community feedback we received to create the recommended projects list for each district. Then, the team developed a “matrix” tool to rank projects by benefit and need, connectivity, and cost.
After we release a final draft report, we will continue reviewing the recommended projects to create a final list that will be constructed. While we are focusing on projects with high or very high cost and overall benefits, we are also looking at other considerations, like how close projects are to schools, opportunities for cost sharing, interconnected projects, and more.
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