(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) –State Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) announced today the state will provide the city of Medina with a $113,320 “Safe Routes to School” grant. Stevens 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.
“Although the grant is geared toward students these improvements also help make walking or bicycling a better alternative for all citizens as we work towards improving health in our state,” said Senator Stevens. “These routes need to be safe, however, and that is what this grant will help provide.”
Stevens said the city of Medina will utilize the Safe Routes to School funds for sidewalks, crosswalks, and signage for the Medina 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 for approximately 906 students.
“I appreciate the efforts of our city officials and all who worked to make this grant happen,” he concluded.