The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has announced that Safe Routes to School Los Angeles, a nationally recognized program that brings safety improvements to streets near schools, has been awarded $22.3 million for projects through the state’s Active Transportation Program.
The awarded projects feature innovative designs such as bicycle lanes, traffic circles, pedestrian plazas and raised crosswalks in neighborhoods near schools. The projects will be built around the Young Oak Kim Academy, 615 S. Shatto Place, and Berendo Middle School, 1157 S. Berendo St., in Koreatown, as well as seven other sites throughout the city of Los Angeles.
“Keeping our streets safe so our kids can arrive at school safe and ready to learn is one of our most important responsibilities,” LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds said. “Safe Routes to School Los Angeles shows us what a strong partnership between the city, LAUSD and community members can deliver for our kids.”
The city leads the state in the number of projects and funding totals for Safe Routes to School projects. Since the Active Transportation Program began in 2014, Safe Routes to School Los Angeles has received $73 million in infrastructure investment and an additional $4 million for community planning and safety education.
Additional schools where projects will be created include Magnolia Avenue Elementary School, Leo Politi Elementary School, Hoover Street Elementary School, George Washington Carver Middle School, Ascot Avenue Elementary School, Harmony Elementary School and Panorama City Elementary School.
For information, visit ladot.lacity.org.
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