Southwest Regional Development Commission, along with the other Regional Development Organizations in Minnesota, receives a National Association of Development Organizations 2014 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award
Slayton, MN – The Southwest Regional Development Commission, based in Slayton, Minnesota, along with the other Regional Development Organizations in Minnesota, received a 2014 Excellence in Regional Transportation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) for Safe Routes to School Planning in Rural Districts – Local, Regional and State Partnership for Success program.
The NADO Research Foundation and RPO America program recognizes noteworthy projects and practices in rural and small metropolitan areas that help meet regional needs through various program areas, including: bicycle and pedestrian planning, air quality, equity, project implementation, public involvement, safety, and transit. The winners will be recognized at the 2014 National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference, December 3 – 5, 2014 in Cincinnati, OH.
The Safe Routes to School program is an international program that promotes walking and biking to school. It focuses on teaching children bicycle and pedestrian safety along with healthy lifestyles. Not only does the program encourage students to walk and bike to schools, but it also seeks to improve the air quality around schools, reduce traffic congestion near schools, increase physical activity of children and increase community involvement.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation contracts with the southwest Regional Commission, and other Development Commissions statewide, to facilitate Safe Routes to School planning in communities. The Southwest RDC has completed Safe Routes to School plans in the cities of Lakefield, Jackson, and Windom; and is currently working on plans in Worthington, Heron Lake and Okabena.
“Safe Routes to School has been an important addition to the SRDC’s Transportation Planning Program,” said Jay Trusty, Southwest RDC Executive Director. “Safe Routes to School plans allow for our local communities to create safer, well thought out alternatives for students while encouraging more active living and a healthier lifestyle.”
For more information on Safe Routes to School planning, contact Drew Hage, Southwest RDC Planner, at 507.836.1633 or email@example.com.