Community problems & solutions

Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Walk This Way

In 2007, Polk Elementary was the target school of the Walk this Way program, which focuses on a different school within the Baton Rouge school district each year.

Introduction

More than 250 students in grades kindergarten through fifth attend Polk Elementary School in Baton Rouge, La. In 2007, Polk Elementary was the target school of the Walk this Way program, which focuses on a different school within the Baton Rouge school district each year.

Murray, Kentucky: Big dreams and cooperation lead to SRTS success

Together, the city of Murray and the Murray Independent School District are working to make the way to school safer for children.

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Together, the city of Murray and the Murray Independent School District are working to make the way to school safer for children. The city led efforts to seek Federal Safe Routes to School funding for sidewalks, and surrounding schools are following up with education and encouragement. The city has about 16,000 people and is located within a county of about 34,000. The middle school, which houses grades 4 to 8, is in the center of town, according to Eleanor Spry, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction.

Green River, Wyoming: The Greenbelt Trail System

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the City of Green River, Wyo., began construction on the Greenbelt Pathways and Trail System.

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Charleston, West Virginia: SRTS Program

Piedmont Elementary School in Charleston, WV, is a public school for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.

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Edgewood, Kentucky: Police Department seeks Safe Routes to School

The Edgewood Police Department took the lead in seeking to make the way to school safer for students in several schools in the city.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky: SRTS Program

Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School, as well as four other elementary schools in Bowling Green, KY, has been implementing a SRTS program since 2006.

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Mount Vernon, Washington: Community partnership helps SRTS pilot project expand

Lincoln Elementary School is in a small city in a rural county. Many of the roads surrounding the school are suitable for walking, but until the introduction of a Healthy School pilot program, not many students were encouraged to walk.

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Lincoln Elementary School is in Mount Vernon, Wash., a small city in a rural county. Many of the roads surrounding the school are suitable for walking, but until the introduction of a Healthy School pilot program in 2006, not many students were encouraged to walk to school.

Moses Lake, Washington: Safety solutions are a community effort

Because of its rural setting, Longview Elementary School and the Moses Lake community faced unique issues surrounding child safety and safer walking programs.

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Because of its rural setting, Longview Elementary School and the Moses Lake community faced unique issues surrounding child safety and safer walking programs. A small number of students walk to school, and residents were concerned with the safety of the two main roads leading up to the school’s entrance. Parents and teachers and members of the Parent Teachers Association voiced concerns about safety conditions on the roads and took the initiative to work with the community in finding solutions.

Auburn, Washington: Collaboration Creates Success

In 1995, the Auburn School District linked concerns about the high cost of transportation and increased childhood obesity to create cooperation that has led to 20 percent of its district’s students walking to school.

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In 1995, the Auburn School District linked concerns about the high cost of transportation and increased childhood obesity to create cooperation that has led to 20 percent of its district’s students walking to school.

“The key to our program is the partnership,” said Jim Denton, Director of Transportation for the Auburn School District in Auburn, WA, for 12 years.

Windsor, Vermont: Parent volunteers lead walking school buses forward

Safe Routes to School coordinators at State Street School listened to parents while developing a program anchored by walking school buses that address worries about safety of children walking and bicycling to school.

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Safe Routes to School coordinators at State Street School listened to parents while developing a program anchored by walking school buses that address worries about safety of children walking and bicycling to school.

Results from the locally administered parent survey showed that parents’ biggest barrier was fear of stranger danger and traffic speed, according to physical education teacher Donna Ewald, who spearheaded the SRTS effort. Creating walking school buses provided adult supervision for students walking to school.