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1 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Creating an Effective School Walking Routes Study Erik West Kids and Transportation Program Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine

2 The Kids and Transportation Program is a long-range pollution reduction effort with a goal of reducing air pollution and educating students about transportation choices, including bicycling, walking, carpooling, and riding buses, trains, ferries and alternative fuel vehicles. Kids and Transportation Program Mission Statement Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine

3 A brief history… Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Portland Safe Walking Routes Report 2000 East End Transportation Safety Report 1998 School Transportation Policies Report 1996 Summer Teacher Classes SR2S Survey Report I promise!

4 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine A brief history… Portland Safe Walking Routes Report 2000 East End Transportation Safety Report 1998 School Transportation Policies Report 1996 Summer Teacher Classes SR2S Survey Report 1994 – 2006 Presentation Totals 865 Class Presentations 265 Safety Seminars 130 Teacher Classes 1,635 Teachers taught 70,495 Students taught

5 School Walking Routes Portland Mainland Elementary and Middle Schools August 2000 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Why do students walk in the street?

6 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Middle school and younger Student Pedestrian Hazards 13 schools

7 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Partners: Portland Public Health Portland Public Works Portland Parking Division Portland Parks and Recreation Portland Schools

8 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine 1998 East End Transportation Safety Report Conclusions: Motorist / Pedestrian Conflict Bicycle Safety Concerns Snow Removal Issues

9 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Why do people walk in the street?

10 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine 1. Sidewalk Conditions

11 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine 2. Sidewalk Snow Removal

12 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine 3. Crossing Guards

13 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine 4. Communication

14 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Methodology Step 1: Map based research / interview

15 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sidewalk Snow Plow Route Map

16 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Example: Presumpscot School

17 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sidewalk Snow Removal Equipment City lawsPracticality Shuffle

18 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards Training and Location

19 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Research Methodology Step 2: On site observation

20 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sidewalk Conditions

21 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sidewalk Conditions

22 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sidewalk Conditions

23 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sidewalk Conditions

24 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sidewalk Conditions

25 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sidewalk Conditions

26 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sidewalk Conditions

27 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sidewalk Conditions

28 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

29 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

30 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

31 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

32 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

33 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

34 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

35 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

36 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine A street sign on Portland's Eastern Promenade tells the story: Temperature slips and so do Mainers Wednesday, January 5, 2000

37 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Temperature slips and so do Mainers Wednesday, January 5, 2000 Even with some salt and sand on the sidewalks, it was still hazardous going for pedestrians. As workers rushed to offices in downtown Portland, one desperate pedestrian was seen crawling along the sidewalk on Pearl Street because it was too slippery to stand. Far fewer people were hurt in car accidents in Greater Portland than in falls Tuesday.

38 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Temperature slips and so do Mainers Wednesday, January 5, 2000 Far fewer people were hurt in car accidents in Greater Portland than in falls Tuesday.

39 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Methodology Step 3: Review of City Laws

40 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine SIDEWALKS ( Article VIII Sections to 179) Property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk(s) abutting their home. City ordinance does require snow to be removed within hours and ice within a 6 hour period. Fine of $250 for non-compliance.

41 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Parking Division ( Article VIII Sections 28 to 52) Vehicles can not be parked on sidewalks or blocking crosswalks. Code Inconsistency Law enforced by Director of Parks and Public Works. Code Inconsistency Law enforced by Director of Parks and Public Works.

42 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Methodology Step 4: Consider what users want

43 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Slides

44 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Adventure

45 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Social Time

46 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Methodology Step 4: Recommendations

47 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Methodology Step 4: Recommendations Education Crossing Guard Training Sidewalk repair Sidewalk construction Plow additional sidewalks Open dialogue Create baseline for further critique or action

48 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Outcomes

49 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine

50 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine

51 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Portland Public Works Website SIDEWALKS Property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk(s) abutting their home. City ordinance does require snow to be removed within hours and ice within a 6 hour period. Questions regarding this issue can be answered by calling the Inspection Department's Neighborhood Help Line at You can also contact the Community Policing Center (if your neighborhood has one) at the following numbers: Munjoy Hill: Mid-Town: Parkside: West End: Doing your part helps keep these pedestrian routes safe for your family, friends, and neighbors!

52 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Portland Public Works Website SIDEWALKS Property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk(s) abutting their home. City ordinance does require snow to be removed within hours and ice within a 6 hour period. Questions regarding this issue can be answered by calling the Inspection Department's Neighborhood Help Line at You can also contact the Community Policing Center (if your neighborhood has one) at the following numbers: Munjoy Hill: Mid-Town: Parkside: West End: Doing your part helps keep these pedestrian routes safe for your family, friends, and neighbors!

53 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Portland Public Works Website SIDEWALKS Property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalk(s) abutting their home. City ordinance does require snow to be removed within hours and ice within a 6 hour period. Questions regarding this issue can be answered by calling the Inspection Department's Neighborhood Help Line at You can also contact the Community Policing Center (if your neighborhood has one) at the following numbers: Munjoy Hill: Mid-Town: Parkside: West End: Doing your part helps keep these pedestrian routes safe for your family, friends, and neighbors!

54 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine

55 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine

56 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

57 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

58 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine

59 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Crossing Guards

60 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine

61 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine

62 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Future Survey tool: Web based survey

63 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Sample survey page Survey created online Link to survey sent home to parents in the school announcement s from the principal. Immediate results tabulation 20% response rate $19.99/month

64 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Tips for Creating an Effective School Walking Routes Study 1.Take lots of digital pictures with dates on the file. 2.Observe kids/people using the routes in all seasons. 3.Ask administrators/engineers/ workers why they do it that way and if they think it is the best way. 4.Ask them what the best way is. 5.Make it easy to participate in your project. 6.Make your results public. 7.Give people the opportunity to say no.

65 Erik West Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine Creating an Effective School Walking Routes Study Erik West Kids and Transportation Program Greater Portland Council of Governments Portland, Maine


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