City receives Safe Routes to School Program Grant


Students, parents and staff members participate in the Oak Trace Elementary School Walk to School Day in October. (Photo provided by Tenna Pershing)

INDOT has accepted Westfield’s proposal for a $75,000 non-infrastructure grant in order to begin implementation of a comprehensive safe routes plan, safety education materials and equipment.

Westfield was one of seven municipalities selected throughout the state to receive the grant as part of the Safe Routes to School Program. The program promotes walking and biking among children in kindergarten through eighth grade by investing federal transportation funds in approved construction, planning and training and encouragement activities.

“This grant will allow us to focus on providing a safe route for children to walk to school and help to connect our trail system from schools to their surrounding neighborhoods,” said Melody Jones, Westfield Parks and Recreation director.

The city is currently working with Oak Trace Elementary School to implement the first phase of the program. This past October, around 200 parents and children participated in International Walk to School Day at the elementary school, which promotes the creation of safer routes for walking and bicycling.