2010-2011 Summary Annual Report: Local Data Collection Support

Highlights

  • The National Center received approximately 27,500 Student Travel Tally and approximately 155,600 Parent Survey questionnaires for processing.
  • As of June 30, 2011, the data system contained about 641,100 Parent Survey and 111,000 Student Travel Tally questionnaires from approximately 6,000 schools in 2000 programs located in the 50 States and Washington, D.C.

Local SRTS programs across the U.S. continue to collect school travel data using the standardized Parent Survey and Student Travel Tally forms, developed by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.  Information from these questionnaires help local programs better understand how students are getting to and from school and how parents’ perceptions may influence walking and bicycling rates.  This information is valuable as communities plan their programs and track their progress.

Because data collection and entry can be a burden to local programs, the National Center offers three ways for local SRTS programs to aggregate and summarize data collection forms. Programs may:

  1. Send forms to the National Center for free data entry, or
  2. Enter information directly into an online data collection and reporting system
  3. Use the National Center’s online Parent Survey instead of asking parents to complete a paper copy.

Regardless of method, local programs receive an online report with summary statistics of their specific data. Data gathered from SRTS programs are maintained in a national database that also captures detailed information about each program, funding information, specific SRTS strategies planned (non-infrastructure programs and infrastructure projects) and program implementation details.

  • During the timeframe of this report, the National Center received approximately 27,500 Student Travel Tally and approximately 155,600 Parent Survey questionnaires for processing.
  • As of June 30, 2011, the data system contained about 641,100 Parent Survey and 111,000 Student Travel Tally questionnaires from approximately 6,000 schools in 2000 programs located in the 50 States and Washington, D.C.
  • Launched re-designed Parent Survey and Student Travel Tally summary reports for local programs.
  • Launched a new feature to the Parent Survey, allowing for survey completion online without using SurveyMonkey.
  • Began hosting versions of Parent Survey in languages other than English and Spanish. Other languages available include Arabic, Chinese, Haitian, Creole and Somali.