If you think improvements such as sidewalks, crossing improvements, traffic calming, improved signage, bike lanes, etc. would increase safety and get more students walking and biking to school or after school activities in your community, please contact Maine Safe Routes to School Program staff now to learn more about MaineDOT’s Quality Community Program (QCP)! The Quality Community Program, which includes federal Safe Routes to School and Transportation Enhancements funding on a two year cycle, offers opportunities to improve community transportation-related facilities through bicycle and pedestrian, safety, environmental, scenic, historic, and other quality community improvements. The next round of applications are expected to be released this spring to compete for funding available in fiscal years 2014-2015 – with a Letter of Intent to apply likely due from municipalities this May and applications likely due July 1, 2012.
We can share additional details about this opportunity and arrange a site visit from the Maine Safe Routes to School team and MaineDOT engineers to evaluate needs in your community. These meetings are very helpful in pulling the right people to the table and conducting a site walk to evaluate potential solutions to improve safety. Learn more here about tips for preparing for this next QCP/SRTS funding application process. For inspiration about what safety improvements can mean for schools, read about a few communities that were awarded funding in past rounds.