Glendale and Burbank have been awarded nearly $900,000 to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety around school sites, the latest wave of grant money aimed at addressing local traffic congestion and the dangers it poses to students.
The combined amount was announced by the California Department of Transportation last week as part of $48.5 million in grants to be filtered via the Safe Routes to School Program that will fund 139 projects up and down the state.
The city of Burbank received $438,700 to enhance the bicycle infrastructure around Muir Middle School and Jefferson and Washington elementary schools, and to offer a safety education program.
Assistant transportation planner Cory Wilkerson said the changes will include installing curb extensions at cross walks to narrow the field of vision and neighborhood traffic circles to reduce auto speeds.
“The whole idea is to reduce the number of cars on the street and the speed of the cars that are using the street to make it more hospitable for kids who are walking or riding their bikes to school,” Wilkerson said.