Heatherwood Elementary School in Boulder, Colo., is a small neighborhood school with 375 students, 90 percent of whom live within 2 miles of the school. Despite this close proximity and being located in the suburbs of a city known for its active lifestyle, only 10 percent of the school’s students were walking and only 1.4 percent were cycling to school in 2008. A parent survey revealed that few students were walking or cycling to school because a rural highway bisected the school’s attendance area.
Communities may have a lot of ideas for infrastructure projects to improve walking and biking conditions around several schools. But how do they decide which infrastructure improvements will have the greatest impact on walking and biking to school? This webinar will help professionals prioritize projects at various schools and show how this prioritization process has been applied in two communities.
Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Time: 1-2 p.m. ET
Sometimes, one day can turn into something much bigger.
In Kauai, Hawaii, a Walk to School Day event at Kapa’a Elementary School boosted community support for a full-fledged Safe Routes to School program. The community was concerned about traffic as well as childhood and adolescent obesity. In 2009-2010, the school was selected to serve as a pilot school for a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program.
One of the best ways to build a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is to take a page from a winning playbook. Each year, the National Center for Safe Routes to School has the privilege of recognizing one Safe Routes to School program in the country for outstanding achievement in promoting safe walking and bicycling to school. In 2011 – a first in the history of the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award – two schools received this national honor: Heatherwood Elementary School in Boulder, Colo., and Omro Middle School in Omro, Wis.
Traffic safety, especially the speed of cars around schools, is one of the biggest barriers to walking and biking to school reported by parents. Reducing the speed of traffic around schools is a step toward making routes to school safer and encouraging families to walk and bike. The upcoming Safe Routes to School Webinar will highlight the strategies used by two communities to successfully slow vehicle speeds around schools.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has developed the Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum, which teaches students how to safely walk near traffic, cross streets, cross intersections, navigate parking lots, and walk near school buses. All lessons are organized by age group (K-1, 2-3, 4-5th grades) and the entire curriculum is available to download for free.