Program to give students safer ways to walk, bike to school completes one of 24 projects in five years
South Carolina promised about $5 million in 2007 and 2008 to 24 school sites across the state to give students safer ways to walk and bike to school.
Since then, only one of those projects has been completed.
The money is available to the state as part of the federal Safe Routes to School program. The state a total of $15.5 million available to it for safety improvements for children, but it lags the country in using that money. The state has awarded only 33 percent of the $15.5 million, the third-lowest rate in the country. The national average is 75 percent, according to the fall 2012 federal tracking report for the program.
This isn't the first time South Carolina's Safe Routes to School program deficiencies have been highlighted. The Post and Courier looked into the issue one year ago, and the newspaper found no projects had been completed and less than $75,000 had been spent on physical infrastructure improvements.
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