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School Bonds

SRTS Toolkit

California school districts have the authority to ask voters to approve local bond measures and levy property taxes. Bonds typically address facilities improvements, which may include active transportation infrastructure.  By ensuring the bond measure includes language addressing safe routes to school or active transportation, some of those funds can address pedestrian and bicyclist needs such as bike racks and pathways to and through the campus. 


Safe routes to school generally polls well with voters and may be a strategically beneficial component of bond language. School bond funds can also be used to leverage other state or regional transportation funding.


In 2006, a Natomas School District bond measure generated nearly a one million dollar match for the only Sacramento-area Safe Routes to School grant awarded to a school district. (read more here, pages 18-19)


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