May 14, 2015 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon has teamed up with Rady Children’s Hospital for school pedestrian safety improvements.
El Cajon was recently awarded $500,000 from Caltrans as part of the “Active Transportation Grant” to implement Safe Routes to School programming. At their meeting on April 28, 2015, the El Cajon City Council approved an agreement with Rady Children’s Hospital to implement the Safe Routes to School programming.
Rady Children's Hospital is a recognized leader in the Health and Human Services community. They have a proven track record of successfully implementing similar, non-infrastructure, Safe Routes to School projects in the City of San Diego and National City.
This project is focused on improving pedestrian safety at six schools in the Cajon Valley Union School District. The three-year project will begin in July with a focus on Lexington and Anza Elementary schools for the first year, Montgomery Middle School and Madison Elementary in the second year, and Greenfield Middle School and Bostonia Elementary in the third year.
The Safe Routes to School programming will focus on the evaluation, education, and encouragement of pedestrian safety for school-age children at the aforementioned schools. The project is expected to improve walkability and encourage pedestrian safety in the vicinity of the six schools.
Of the $500,000 grant funds allocated for this project, $450,000 will be paid to Rady Children's for implementation and $50,000 will remain with the City of El Cajon for project oversight. No general funds will be expended.