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Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program. Developing a Program. To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school.

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purpose section 1404 b of the legislation
To enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school.

To make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and

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PURPOSE(Section 1404(b) of the legislation)
purpose continued
To facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.PURPOSE (Continued)
desired outcomes
Increased bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety

More children walking and bicycling to and from school

Decreased traffic congestion

Improved childhood health and reduced obesity

Encouragement of healthy and active lifestyles

Improved community safety

Reduced fuel consumption

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Desired Outcomes
desired outcomes continued
Increased community security

Enhanced community accessibility

Increased community involvement

Physical improvements that increase the ability to walk and bike to school

Improved partnerships among schools, local government, parents, etc.

Increased interest in bicycle and pedestrian accommodations throughout the community

Desired Outcomes(Continued)
comprehensive strategies the 5 e s
Engineering

Education

Encouragement

Enforcement

Evaluation

Comprehensive Strategies The 5 E’s
engineering
Creates safer conditions for walking and bicycling

Can influence the way people behave

Engineering

West Valley City, UT

education
Imparts safety skills

Creates safety awareness

Fosters life-long safety habits

Includes parents, neighbors and other drivers

Education

Chicago, IL

encouragement
Increases popularity of walking and bicycling

Is an easy way to start SRTS programs

Emphasizes fun

Encouragement

Elmhurst, IL

enforcement
Increases awareness of pedestrians and bicyclists

Improves driver behavior

Helps children follow traffic rules

Enforcement

Richmond, VA

Denver, CO

evaluation are we making a difference
Monitoring

Documenting

Include Collection Of Before And After Data

Evaluation(Are we making a difference?)
developing a srts improvement program
IdentifyThe Problem(s)

Develop Solutions

Physical improvements

Activities

Estimate Cost

Develop An Action Plan

Develop An Evaluation Plan

Developing a SRTS Improvement Program
problem identification no spin just the facts
Organize

Assess Current Environment

Assess Existing Infrastructure

Identify Safety Problems

Problem Identification“No spin – just the facts”
organize form a team
SCHOOL (Principal, staff, student)

LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Enforcement, DPW, School Board, etc.)

PARENTS (PTO/PTA, etc.)

OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES

ENGINEER (Traffic or other)

CHAMPION (Someone who can keep things moving)

Organize(Form A Team)
assess current environment
Identify Students Who:

Currently Walk Or Bike To School

Take Bus Or Driven To School

Live Within One Or Two Miles Of School

Could Potentially Walk Or BikeTo School

Assess Current Environment
assessment tools
Use surveys to determine how many children currently walk or bike to school or how many currently take a bus or are driven to school

Use a map to locate where children live within one or two miles of a school.

Determine the routes that they use to get to school.

Estimate the number who could potentially walk or bike to school

Assessment Tools
actual safety problems
OBSERVATIONS

Around the school, along the school route, crossing the street, traffic behavior etc.

CRASH DATA

Actual crash data from local police

CRIME DATA

Actual Safety Problems
other problems
Weather

Heavy Backpacks

Too Far

Etc.

Other Problems
assess infrastructure
Sidewalks, Paths, Etc

Barriers

Operations

Other Problems

Assess Infrastructure
identify potential solutions
IMPROVE FACILITIES

Engineering

CHANGE DRIVER BEHAVIOR

Engineering

Enforcement

ENCOURAGE STUDENTS/PARENTS

EDUCATE

Students/parents/teachers

Identify Potential Solutions
engineering solutions
First, consider low cost, easy to implement solutions

Identify and program longer-term improvement needs

Match the treatment to the problem

Engineering Solutions
engineering solutions cont
Provide Safe Street Crossings

Keep it simple

Shorten crossing distances

Carefully select crossing locations and marked crosswalks

Control Traffic Speed

Engineering Solutions(Cont.)
link the solution to the problem
Identify The Impact Of The Proposed Solution To The Identified Problem

Increased Safety?

More children walking/bicycling to school?

Reduced speeds?

Change in behavior?

Link The Solution To The Problem
develop an action plan
List All Identified Problems And Solutions With The Cost Of Each

Prioritize

Develop A Time Frame For Accomplishing

Identify Potential Source Of Funds For Each

Identify Steps To Put Plan Into Motion

Develop An Action Plan
develop an evaluation plan measures of success
Safety Benefits

Behavioral Changes

Other Benefits

Pre-project Vs Projected Post Project Data

Long Term Evaluation

Develop an Evaluation Plan(Measures Of Success)
summary
Get Organized

Gather Information

Identify Problems

Identify Solutions

Make a Plan

Identify funding sources

Act on the Plan

Summary
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