Matt teaching in CarbondaleOn March 3, State Representative Diane Mitsch Bush introduced a bill to save the Colorado Safe Routes to School program.

She was joined by 13 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and three in the Senate, led by sponsor Sen. Andy Kerr. See the list of sponsors on the right.

House Bill 14-1301 will direct $3 million to keep the statewide child health and safety program alive following the end of dedicated federal funding.

The program has proven to improve safety for children around schools and to increase their daily exercise through biking and walking to school.

A broad coalition of groups is endorsing this bill along with Bicycle Colorado: LiveWell Colorado, Colorado Health Foundation, American Heart Association, Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Attendees at this year’s Colorado Bicycle Summit got a preview to the goals of the bill and helped promote its introduction at their day at the Capitol.

We will have more details on the bill and how you can help as the bill progresses.

HB 14-1301 Sponsors

House of Representatives

Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush
Rep. KC Becker
Rep. Mike Foote
Rep. Bob Gardner
Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst
Rep. Polly Lawrence
Rep. Mike McLachlan
Rep. Jovan Melton
Rep. Dan Pabon
Rep. Bob Rankin
Rep. Sue Schafer
Rep. Max Tyler
Rep. Angela Williams
Rep. Dave Young

Senate

Sen. Andy Kerr
Sen. Matt Jones
Sen. Nancy Todd