Pump Down the Volume: SRTS and Traffic Reduction

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 1:00 pm EST

Communities initiate Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs for a variety of reasons. In an attempt to reduce the barriers for students to walk and bicycle to school, some programs focus on reducing traffic congestion and the number of cars around schools.

In this sixty minute webinar, we will take a brief look at the problem of traffic congestion as it relates to SRTS and then focus on two SRTS programs that have had success in reducing congestion and measuring traffic reductions.

Presenters:

  • Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Associate Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School
  • Jason Goldsberry, Physical Education Teacher, Eagle Crest Elementary School
  • Melissa Watford, Health Education Specialist, FirstHealth of the Carolinas

The first program, Eagle Crest Elementary School’s Step Often and Ride to School (SOAR) Program, surveyed families in order to understand travel patterns to school. After learning that 75 percent of students arrived by car, the program focused on increasing walking and bicycling rates through education and encouragement. After just one year, Eagle Crest saw a 40 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic and a 60% reduction in the number of students driven to school.

The second program, Pinehurst Walks! from Pinehurst, NC, focused on encouraging the school’s 650 students to become engaged as leaders in the effort to get more students walking to school. The Student Council presented neighborhood walkability recommendations to the Mayor and Village Council, resulting in a $150,000.00 allocation for a greenway to connect the elementary school to the Village. Their efforts also resulted in a 22 percent reduction in traffic volume on walking school bus days.

Join us to see how these two wonderful programs succeeding in traffic reduction efforts.

This webinar is part of the Safe Routes to School Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

For more information please contact Michelle Gulley.

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