September 5, 2013 –Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) announced today the state will provide the city of Brownsville with a $188,323 “Safe Routes to School” grant. Gresham made the announcement after being notified of the funds by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The grant is part of a nationwide initiative to make bicycling and walking to school a safer, more appealing and healthier alternative for K-12 students.
“When school routes are within a reasonable range for students to travel on foot or by bike, it is important to encourage this as a healthy alternative,” said Chairman Gresham. “These routes need to be safe, however, and that is what this grant will help provide.”
Gresham said the city of Brownsville will utilize the Safe Routes to School funds for sidewalks, crosswalks, signs and pavement markings for the Haywood Middle school zone area. The grant will also fund educational programs and promotional activities to encourage walking and biking as a practical and healthy initiative to include approximately 796 students.
“These grant improvements also help make walking or bicycling a better alternative for all citizens as we work towards improving health in our state,” added Gresham. “I appreciate the efforts of our city officials and all who worked to make this grant happen.”