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1 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Louisiana Safe Routes To School Program Infrastructure Projects

2 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Purpose (Section 1404(b) of the legislation) 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 Continued on next slide

3 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Purpose (Continued) 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.

4 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Funding Categories INFRASTRUCTURE – Generally those activities that involve the planning, design and construction of physical improvements NON-INFRASTRUCTURE – Generally those activities related to education and the encouragement of walking and bicycling to school as well as enforcement and evaluation

5 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Guiding Principles Infrastructure is a prerequisite Relationships between all components are everything Easy to implement, low cost solutions should be implemented first

6 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Guiding Principles (cont.) Improvements requiring substantial time and financial commitment are identified and an implementation plan developed Engineering treatments are matched to the type of problem

7 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development SRTS Summary Goals Where it’s safe, get kids bicycling and walking to school. Where it’s not safe, make the changes necessary to make it safe.

8 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Infrastructure Examples Sidewalk improvements (new, repairs,etc.) Traffic calming/speed reduction improvements Pedestrian/bicycle crossing improvements On-street bicycle facilities Off-street bicycle/pedestrian facilities Bicycle parking facilities Traffic diversion improvements

9 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development La Infrastructure Examples Sidewalks, Bike/Ped. paths Pedestrian bridge renovation Flashing school zone lights Bike racks Crosswalks and signs

10 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Location State highway or local roads Must be within 2 miles of a primary or middle school Must be public right of way Property acquisition must conform to Federal requirements

11 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Engineering Creates safer conditions for walking and bicycling Can influence the way people behave West Valley City, UT

12 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development What’s wrong with this picture?

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23 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Engineering Tools Outline Develop a school route map The school zone Along the school route Crossing the street Slowing down traffic

24 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Identify Safe School Routes Develop a school route map –Neighborhood Walk-abouts and Bike-abouts –Walking and Bicycling Audits –Parent and student surveys Develop a school traffic control plan

25 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development School Route Maps

26 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development School Traffic Control Plan

27 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development The School Zone Signs and Pavement Markings –MUTCD (http://mutcd.fhwa.dot) –Yellow-Green school signs School Speed Limits In-street signing Other

28 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Along the School Route Safe and well designed facilities –ADA requirements Sidewalks –Guide for the Planning, Design, and Operation of Pedestrian facilities (AASHTO) –Recommend 5’ width Bicycle facilities –Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (AASHTO)

29 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Crossing the Street Identify good crossing locations Reduce crossing distances Use appropriate traffic controls Are Traffic volumes and/or speed a safety problem

30 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Slowing Down Traffic Traffic calming – Radar speed displays – Speed humps – Other design elements

31 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Engineering Considerations AASHTO Design Guides ADA Requirements DOTD Requirements Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)

32 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Summary of Solutions Sidewalks Signs and Markings Traffic calming/diversion

33 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development New Sidewalk Problems Drainage –Piping ditches is expensive Right-of-Way –Acquisition must conform to FHWA requirements Utilities –Relocation –Adjustments

34 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Developing a Program

35 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Comprehensive SRTS Program The 5 E’s –Engineering –Education –Encouragement –Enforcement –Evaluation

36 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Developing An SRTS Program Identify The Problem(s) Develop Solutions –Infrastructure Improvements –Non-Infrastructure Activities Estimate Cost Develop An Action Plan Develop An Evaluation Plan

37 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Problem Identification “No spin – just the facts” Organize Assess Current Environment Assess Existing Infrastructure Identify Safety Problems Collect Data

38 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Organize (Form A Team) SCHOOL (Principal, staff, student) LOCAL GOVERNMENT (Enforcement, DPW, School Board, etc.) PARENTS (PTO, etc.) OTHER INTERESTED PARTIES ENGINEER (Traffic or other) CHAMPION (Someone who can keep things moving)

39 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Assess Current Environment Identify students who: –Currently walk or bike to school –Take bus or driven to school –Live within one or two miles of school –Could potentially walk or bike to school SRTS student and parent surveys –See SRTS website

40 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Meadowview Elem.

41 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Assess Infrastructure Sidewalks, Paths, Etc Barriers Operational Other Problems

42 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Engineering Solutions First, consider low cost, easy to implement solutions Identify and program longer-term improvement needs Match the treatment to the problem

43 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Engineering Solutions (Cont.) Provide Safe Street Crossings Keep it simple Shorten crossing distances Carefully select crossing locations and marked crosswalks Control Traffic Speed

44 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Identify Safety Problems Actual Safety Problems Perceived Safety Problems

45 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Actual Safety Problems Observations –Around The School, Along The School Route, Crossing The Street, Traffic Behavior Etc. Collect Data –Crash Data From Local Police –Crime Data –Traffic volume and speed data

46 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Perceived Safety Problems Surveys –Parents –Children Types –Traffic –Crime –Other

47 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Other Problems Weather Backpacks Too Far Etc.

48 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Identify Potential Solutions Improve Facilities –Engineering Change Driver Behavior –Engineering –Enforcement Encourage Students/Parents Educate –Students/Parents/Teachers

49 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Link The Solution/Problem Identify The Impact Of The Proposed Solution In Regards To The Identified Problem –Increased Safety? –More children walking/bicycling to school? –Reduced speeds? –Change in behavior?

50 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Develop Infrastructure Cost Estimates Engineering –Construction –Operations

51 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Develop Non-infrastr. Cost Estimates Encouragement Education Enforcement Evaluation

52 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Develop An Action Plan 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

53 Louisiana Safe Routes to School Program Department of Transportation and Development Summary A comprehensive strategy must be used to achieve the goals of the program. The 5 E’s should be applied to solve identified problems.


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