On June 3rd the Colorado “Safe Routes to School” bill, HB 1301, was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper. This legislation, sponsored by Senator Andy Kerr and Representative Diane Mitsch-Bush, secured an appropriation of $700,000 to help build sidewalks and other safe walking/biking paths in needed communities.
Funding for this program has proven to be successful at creating safe alternatives for students choosing to walk or bike to school as well as encouraging physical activity for people of all ages
Several partner organizations and volunteers with which the AHA worked closely to secure passage of this bill were on hand at the bill signing, including Live Well Colorado, Bicycle Colorado and the Colorado Health Foundation. They were joined by students from Denver area schools, who all gathered around Governor Hickenlooper as he signed this important piece of legislation!