In its original form, HB 3712 set aside $5 million to help fix hazards that keep kids from walking and bicycling to school. Unfortunately, it was amended to eliminate the bill's requirement that the state set up a Safe Routes to School grant fund. It now directs cities and counties to work with school district personnel to identify hazards that make walking or bicycling to school unsafe, and to develop a plan to address those hazards. |
Although HB 3712 no longer contains funding, it is an important first step to create safe routes to school. The bill will push cities and counties to evaluate where kids can - or can't - walk and bicycle.
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