Austin Public Works' Safe Routes to School Program has recently released final Infrastructure Reports for all ten Austin City Council Districts. The reports recommend projects that make it safer for students to walk and bike to school.
Visit the Safe Routes to School Projects webpage to review:
- Final Infrastructure Reports for all ten Austin City Council Districts
- Reports showing recommended projects for 137 elementary and middle schools across Austin
- A map of citywide Safe Routes to School project recommendations
- A Citywide Summary Report with more information about the Infrastructure Report process
Safe Routes has now completed over 50 projects, with another 25+ in development at this time. See the Safe Routes to School Projects webpage to learn more about in-progress and completed projects.
Each District’s Infrastructure Report lists projects to improve students’ routes to school, such as improvements to streets, trails, intersections and/or sidewalks. Safe Routes has identified 4,654 projects across Austin, with an approximate cost of over $825M. The team is working to identify and develop projects through the $27.5M available from the 2016 Mobility Bond. Additionally, ideas presented in the reports are planning-level concepts: many projects will require further feasibility study and engineering evaluation before they can be implemented.
However, the Infrastructure Report process also helps Safe Routes move forward with as many projects as possible. Data collected during this process makes it easier for Safe Routes to determine projects that address multiple barriers at once, or find partnership opportunities with other programs.
The Infrastructure Reports are the result of a strategic two-year planning process. Safe Routes worked with parents, neighbors, and schools to understand the challenges Austin students face when traveling to and from school. Final Infrastructure Reports were informed by walk audits of 137 schools, along with ongoing public input opportunities throughout the process such as district-wide public meetings and pop-up events, feedback in an interactive online map, and online surveys following the release of each district's draft Infrastructure Report. Safe Routes to School plans to continue updating the reports every five years depending on funding availability.
The Safe Routes to School Infrastructure Reports were funded through the 2016 Mobility Bond. Safe Routes to School helps students walk or bike to school through education, partnerships, and our crossing guard program. Learn more on the City of Austin's Safe Routes to School website.