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(20 ILCS 2705/2705-317)
Safe Routes to School Construction Program.
(a) Upon enactment of a federal transportation bill with a dedicated fund available to states for safe routes to schools, the Department, in cooperation with the State Board of Education and the Department of State Police, shall establish and administer a Safe Routes to School Construction Program for the construction of bicycle and pedestrian safety and traffic-calming projects using the federal Safe Routes to Schools Program funds.
(b) The Department shall make construction grants
available to local governmental agencies under the Safe Routes to School
Construction Program based on the results of a statewide competition
that requires submission of Safe Routes to School proposals for funding
and that rates those proposals on all of the following factors:
(1) Demonstrated needs of the grant applicant.
(2) Potential of the proposal for reducing child
(3) Potential of the proposal for encouraging
increased walking and bicycling among students.
(4) Identification of safety hazards.
(5) Identification of current and potential walking
and bicycling routes to school.
(6) Consultation and support for projects by
school-based associations, local traffic engineers, local elected officials, law enforcement agencies, and school officials.
(7) Proximity to parks and other recreational
With respect to the use of federal Safe Routes to Schools Program funds, prior to
the award of a construction grant or the use of those funds for a Safe Routes
project encompassing a highway, the Department shall
consult with and obtain approval from the Department of State Police
and the highway authority with jurisdiction to ensure that the Safe Routes to School proposal is consistent with a
statewide pedestrian safety statistical analysis.
(c) On March 30, 2006 and each March 30th thereafter, the Department shall submit a report to the General Assembly listing
and describing the projects funded under the Safe Routes to School
(d) The Department shall study the effectiveness of
the Safe Routes to School Construction Program, with particular emphasis on the
Program's effectiveness in reducing traffic accidents and its contribution
to improving safety and reducing the number of child injuries and
fatalities in the vicinity of a Safe Routes to School project. The Department shall
submit a report to the General Assembly on or before December 31, 2006
regarding the results of the study.
(e) The Department, the State Board of Education,
and the Department of State Police may adopt any rules necessary to
implement this Section.
(Source: P.A. 94-493, eff. 8-8-05.)