The City of Evanston has been awarded an $88,000 share of a federal grant to Illinois in a program to create safe routes to schools in the city.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s office announced that the total amount allocated to Illinois is $5.9 million that will be distributed among 58 projects throughout the state.

Evanston’s share is to be used to install solar powered vehicle speed feedback signs near designated school crossings.

“Students deserve to feel safe while traveling to and from school every day,” the governor said in a news release. “The Safe Routes to School program will help communities improve public safety to keep students safe and promote healthy habits like walking and biking to school.”

The 58 projects encompass safety efforts such as repair and new construction of sidewalks, pedestrian countdown signals, speed feedback signs, and equipment for police to ensure students’ safety when walking and biking to school.

Illinois Safe Routes to School is a program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. The program is designed to provide a safe environment to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school and encourage a healthy lifestyle from an early age.

The program also facilitates projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of primary and middle schools. 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. School Zone Speed Signs
    It is commendable that we are working to make our school zones safer for our children. Thank you, Suzette Robinson and team, for working on the grant request and helping to make this possible. I live on Oakton Street and see first-hand just how dangerous it can be for our children in the park and school zones. I’m hoping these signs will help drivers to realize when they are irresponsibly creating a dangerous situation when they choose to speed in these areas.

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