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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 l.jpg

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)


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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)


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Increased bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

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


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Increased community security of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

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)


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Engineering of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

Education

Encouragement

Enforcement

Evaluation

Comprehensive Strategies The 5 E’s


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Creates safer conditions for walking and bicycling of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

Can influence the way people behave

Engineering

West Valley City, UT


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Imparts safety skills of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

Creates safety awareness

Fosters life-long safety habits

Includes parents, neighbors and other drivers

Education

Chicago, IL


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Increases popularity of walking and bicycling of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

Is an easy way to start SRTS programs

Emphasizes fun

Encouragement

Elmhurst, IL


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Increases awareness of pedestrians and bicyclists of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

Improves driver behavior

Helps children follow traffic rules

Enforcement

Richmond, VA

Denver, CO


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Monitoring of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

Documenting

Include Collection Of Before And After Data

Evaluation(Are we making a difference?)


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Identify of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.The Problem(s)

Develop Solutions

Physical improvements

Activities

Estimate Cost

Develop An Action Plan

Develop An Evaluation Plan

Developing a SRTS Improvement Program


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Organize of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

Assess Current Environment

Assess Existing Infrastructure

Identify Safety Problems

Problem Identification“No spin – just the facts”


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SCHOOL (Principal, staff, student) of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

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)


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Identify Students Who: of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

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


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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


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Actual Safety Problems bike to school or how many currently take a bus or are driven to school

Perceived Safety Problems

Identify Safety Problems


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OBSERVATIONS bike to school or how many currently take a bus or are driven to school

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


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Surveys bike to school or how many currently take a bus or are driven to school

Parents

Children

Perceived Safety Problems


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Weather bike to school or how many currently take a bus or are driven to school

Heavy Backpacks

Too Far

Etc.

Other Problems


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Sidewalks, Paths, Etc bike to school or how many currently take a bus or are driven to school

Barriers

Operations

Other Problems

Assess Infrastructure


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IMPROVE FACILITIES bike to school or how many currently take a bus or are driven to school

Engineering

CHANGE DRIVER BEHAVIOR

Engineering

Enforcement

ENCOURAGE STUDENTS/PARENTS

EDUCATE

Students/parents/teachers

Identify Potential Solutions


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First, consider low cost, easy to implement solutions bike to school or how many currently take a bus or are driven to school

Identify and program longer-term improvement needs

Match the treatment to the problem

Engineering Solutions


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Provide Safe Street Crossings bike to school or how many currently take a bus or are driven to school

Keep it simple

Shorten crossing distances

Carefully select crossing locations and marked crosswalks

Control Traffic Speed

Engineering Solutions(Cont.)


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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


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Engineering Identified Problem

Construction

Operations

Develop Infrastructure Cost Estimates


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Encouragement Identified Problem

Education

Enforcement

Develop Non-Infrastructure Cost Estimates


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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


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Safety Benefits Each

Behavioral Changes

Other Benefits

Pre-project Vs Projected Post Project Data

Long Term Evaluation

Develop an Evaluation Plan(Measures Of Success)


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Get Organized Each

Gather Information

Identify Problems

Identify Solutions

Make a Plan

Identify funding sources

Act on the Plan

Summary


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