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Friday, February 11, 2011

Oswayo Valley Gets $460,000. To Support Walking, Biking To School

Oswayo Valley Chosen For ‘Safe Routes To Schools’ Grant

February 11th, 2011

saferouteOswayo Valley School District has been awarded a grant of more than $460,000 to support walking and bicycling to school. Funds are provided through the Federal Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program. Oswayo Valley will use the money to develop safe, handicapped-accessible, and well-lighted options for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The federal government began SRTS in response to a study showing that just 15 percent of students walk or ride bikes to school, compared to 50 percent in 1970. This has had an adverse effect on traffic congestion and air quality, as well as pedestrian and bicycle safety. In addition, a growing body of evidence has shown that children who lead sedentary lifestyles are at risk for a variety of health problems such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Parents consistently cite traffic danger as a reason why their children do not bicycle or walk to school.

25 comments :

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but when budgets are tight ... why are we giving out nearly half million dollar grants for bike paths?

Anonymous said...

11:43PM == Agreed.

Anonymous said...

It never ceases to amaze me the minds who dream up these taxpayer giveaways.
Mike Fowler
Austin, PA

Anonymous said...

Seriously? This seems like some kind of joke!

Anonymous said...

I agree with all, but if they have allocated money to be given away for things like this why knock a school district who is trying to better themselves. Idle money isn't doing anyone any good.
Providing a safer and healthier way for students and residents to get to school is a great thing. Good job Oswayo Valley.

Anonymous said...

Money isn't tight in austin just ask any one on the boro why they are going to spend over 10 thousand dollars on new computers!Or maybe ask the school board about there spending !You can never get a strait answer out of anyone ! Most of the time you don't even get an answer period!

Anonymous said...

Bike paths are wonderful, especially for those who can't afford a car after all this peace, hope and change. Bravo! As we transition into a 3rd world country and the infrastructure crumbles, it only makes sense for pedestrian and pedal paths.

Anonymous said...

At least some of the money stayed local this time. Look at the millions of dollars of timber that the state cuts off the state forests and the money goes into the "general" fund, which really means that its split 50/50 with pittsburg and philly.

Anonymous said...

This is one of the the sickest post I have read in a long time...My gosh, we have so many going without health care because they can not affort it. Now we are watching $460,000 be spent on a town with ONE redlight...come on people! Have you seen Shinglehouse at school hours? I have and believe me most parents are taking their kids to school and not because our streets are unsafe. Well on the bright side....the boro of Shinglehouse will be worth $460,000...Sick, sick, sick....

Anonymous said...

Don't need no stinkin' safe route to school.
Don't need no stinkin' exercise.
This is Potter County where were "settle" (and drive our kids to school).

Anonymous said...

Okay, 9:18, you write this: "Most parents are taking their kids to school and not because our streets are unsafe."

Then why are they driving their kids to school? OV has bus service for those who do not live within walking and biking distance, correct? So tell me why.

As time passes, our kids are more and more pampered and have instilled in them an entitlement mentality. The world revolves around them. They should get everything they want (and it should be given to them; not earned).

It is a gradual slippage. Does anybody remember when a trophy was a symbol of accomplishment, rather than participation? Does anybody remember when making the distinguished honor roll was a real accomplishment (maybe 3 or even 4 kids reached that level in each grade)? Remember when people walked to work? Remember when kids went out to play instead of sitting in front of a TV or computer having their morals corrupted and minds polluted or worse because irresponsible parents don't monitor and control? Remember when people under the age of 30 actually were able to sit and have a conversation instead of "like, you know, yeah, uhm I guess, okay, like I don't know," or punching away at cellphone keys?

So again, why do parents there drive their kids to school?

Anonymous said...

Way to go Oswayo Valley!! Thank you for reminding me why I choose to remain in my hometown. Shinglehouse is a great small town and if the federal gov't wants to give this money away, then there isn't a better district for it to go to!!

sharon goss said...

I think there should be a better use of this type of money myself, but, parents taking their kids to school has not changed due to danger. They feel more comfortable taking their children to school because they KNOW when they drop them off they are there SAFE and sound, not because of a lingering danger.(bike accident or maybe bullying)
I think if they had more physical programs involved maybe the kids wouldn't be getting overweight or ill.
Bottom line, our school district could use this money,no doubt, but, I know there has to be a better use than this. But, on the other hand, hey, someone is gonna get this money for this purpose, it might as well be Oswayo Valley.
And, thank you, to the person who applied for this grant, it was a job well done.

Anonymous said...

Who pays for the maintenance and upkeep after the construction is finished?? Oh, of course! We the tax payers do! Sounds like another school tax increase will be forthcoming. Just what we need more tax dollars taken from our wallets.
I foresee this as a waste of $460,000 as the walks will not be used. 95% of Oswayo Valley students who live in town are transported to school by their parents or guardians.

Anonymous said...

Just when I was going to say we need to bring down the dildine on this string we got a good shot from 10:57 and now I think it needs to keep going. Popcorn, anyone?

Anonymous said...

i am an ov parent who drives her child to school on my way to work, because i like the time we share, this is part of our routine. my son and his friends ride their bikes to school when the weather is nice, never a worry about safety. i wish the money were for another purpose; an after school program like the one coudersport has, perhaps. we love living here and want to be here, so anything this town can receive is appreciated.i for one look forward to the yellow brick road.:-)

Anonymous said...

Good reply there 12:04. Respectful. We need more respect here. I have to say that 10:57 makes some good points on how young people are losing their ability to carry on conversations with adults and are getting trashed by culture on MTV and the TV shows that corrupt their minds about respect for authority and good citizenship.

Anonymous said...

it will be interesting to see where the money will be spent. will most of it go to the borough or will some make it throughout the district. bike paths would be a great addition to the local roads but even half a million dollars won't go far. we need reduced speed limits more distant from the school grounds so the increased walkers/bikers won't be killed.

katy_jean2003 said...

WOW.... Maybe Coudersport can get whoever wrote this "grant" to help with the community pool....Hint Hint Mr. Moore...

Heidi said...

As I read the different news posted on Solomon's Word...I cannot help but notice that people complain no matter what. Accidents, deaths, arrests, grants, etc....it really doesn't matter. Some people just like to complain NO MATTER WHAT! Even at the expense of loved ones who have lost a family member! Or one town is mad because a different town received a grant. Or money was spent where someone doesn't think it should have....OMG....quit b!#%$ing!!!!!
Heidi - Shinglehouse

Patsy said...

Heidi... I couldn't agree more!

Drake said...

improving sidewalks in Shinglehouse is a great idea. Not only is it safer for kids to walk to school, it also might motivate some of the lazies around town to get out and walk some. In my town we spent over 2 million last year to improve walkways and make bike paths. oh and it's a grant, so you dont have to pay it back!!!!

Anonymous said...

Thank God we live in the USA..we all have the right to our own opinions and the right to speak them. Now, why does it hurt to hear both sides of this issue? It is considered complaing by some but aren't they doing the same? Speaking their opinion but calling it complaining when they read the opposite opinion...hmmmm, very interesting. Agree to disagree please....

sharon goss said...

I also agree with the 8:36 post. Being able to express different points of view is still a freedom of speech, thank goodness. Sometimes some great ideas come out of these types of discussions. If you feel this is bitching and don't like to read it, do what I did at one point, don't read these. I only read responses to things like this. I got so sick of all the name calling and abuse I read on here on other subjects I simply stopped reading them.
I do appreciate the opportunity to be allowed to comment on this site, thank you for this.

Anonymous said...

we do have a quite a few kids that ride their bikes to school and with the sidewalks in the shape that they are in Shinglehouse it makes them ride in the rode, hence the safe route to school part of this grant. I sure if this is done then maybe more parents will let their kids ride or walk to school ..
I feel some people on here are complaining and do so in just about any situation. I too am a taxpayer and know how bad the sidewalks in shinglehouse are. I welcome this, although I agree money can always be spent better but really who am I to decide what the best way is. Either way it benefits the kids so why not just be happy that they are willing to improve things.