ELMHURST – The Safe Routes to School Committee received two federal grants totaling $81,318 to be administered by Elmhurst School District 205.
The first grant, worth $41,839, is earmarked for pedestrian and bicycle safety education for parents and students. The second grant provides $39,479 for promoting safe routes to school in the community.
The grants do not require a local dollar match, so they will not affect the District 205 budget, according to a news release.
The SRTS is coordinating Elmhurst's second annual bike-to-school day on Wednesda. The event takes place at schools nationwide and encourages students to safely bicycle or walk to school. The committee plans to use grant money to pay for new bike racks, speed feeback signs and helmets among other educational and participation materials.
Rebecca Clancy of the Elmhurst Bicycle Task Force facilitates the SRTS committee, which is made up of PTA representatives from District 205 elementary and middle schools.