The Utah Department of Transportation has a program that promotes and provides safe pedestrian travel to and from schools, but every year, about two-thirds of safe route applications get denied because of lack of funding. The proposed legislation would fund projects to improve safety, health, and equity for Utah’s students
HB208, which is currently making its way through the Legislature, would codify the program and ensure it is prioritized in the future. The bill would also allocate more funds to the Safe Routes to School program and prioritize low-income communities where funds aren’t being used for sidewalks and other pedestrian structures, according to bill sponsor Rep. Suzanne Harrison, D-Draper.
Check the full story from The Daily Universe on HB208 from Utah.