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1 Safe Routes to School Basics April Morrison-Harke SR2S Contracts Coordinator

2 Overview What is Safe Routes to School? The Five E’s SR2S Action Plan Steps Federal Funding Resources 2

3 SRTS: It’s more than money Submit Application Implement Action Plan Develop an Action Plan using SRTS Planning Process 3

4 1.Encourage and enable all school children, to walk and bicycle to and from school when distance is reasonable and routes are safe 2.Make walking and bicycling routes to school safer 3.Promote lifelong habits of physical activity 4.Reduce traffic and pollution around schools Four SR2S Goals 4

5 Kids, Activity and Obesity 5

6 Containerized Living 6

7 Reduced Pollution Cost Savings Improved Grades Less Traffic Increased Physical Activity Reduced gas consumption Education Safety Motivation Safer infrastructure Places People Want to Live Healthier Kids & Adults More Pedestrians and Cyclists + Convenience Readiness to Learn Lifelong Habits 7

8 The Five E’s 1. Educate students and parents for safe non- motorized travel 2. Encourage students to safely walk or bike to and from school 3. Enforce rules and laws to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe 4. Engineer environmental changes for safe passage 5. Evaluate the impact of SR2S 8

9 Educate students, parents & community about pedestrian and bicycle safety, personal safety & safety around the school 9

10 Encourage walking school buses, bike trains, friendly competition. Register for Walk to School Day! 10

11 Enforce proper parking and reduce speeding through progressive ticketing & safety patrols 11

12 Engineer around the school, along the school route & at street crossings Paint Signs Ramps Islands 12

13 Evaluate using Student and Parent Surveys, Walking Audits, and Student Travel Tallies 13

14 SR2S 5-Step Planning Process 1. Register your school 2. Build a SR2S Planning Team to complete steps 3-5 and beyond. 3. Conduct Student and Parent Surveys and Student Travel Tallies 4. Conduct Walking Audits 5. Build an Action Plan using surveys and audits Optional: a) Bicycle audit b) Walk to School Day c) Federal funding 14

15 Step 1: Register Your School at: 15

16 Step 2: Form a SR2S Planning Team Principal/District officials Community planners Trail/bicycling groups Parents Teachers Students Road authority Law enforcement Civic leaders Non-motorized experts Important: Find the Transportation Service Center (TSC) staff person in your community at:,1607,7-151-9623-36042--,00.html 16

17 Step 3: Evaluate using Student and Parent Surveys, Walking Audits, and In-Class Tallies 17

18 Step 4: Conduct a Walking Audit Use to map walking routes 18

19 Step 5: Develop a Plan to Implement E ngineering, Education, Encouragement & Enforcement activities Reminder: Required for a federal application, but not all of the items listed in your action plan should be funded with Federal SRTS Program dollars Meeting Notes + Survey Data + Walking Audit Data = Action Plan 19

20 Step 5 (Optional): Apply for Federal Program Dollars Typical award size is approximately $200,000 per school (Infrastructure ($192,000), Noninfrastructure ($8,000) Quarterly funding Funding is competitive For funding guidelines visit: 20

21 Eligibility Requirements Infrastructure within two miles of the school A balance of infrastructure and non-infrastructure programs Match required of 20% cash minimum 21

22 Eligibility Requirements Schools serving kindergarten-8 th grade students Preliminary discussion with regional grant coordinator Involve the appropriate agency (city, village, or county road commission(s) that controls the roadway(s) under consideration. 22

23 Demonstrate an active and involved planning team Demonstrate ongoing progress on their action plan Have clear connections between survey results, walking and bikeability audit results, action plan, and funding application Build a strong case for activities not identified through survey or audit Eligibility Requirements 23

24 Benefit a significant number of students Follow the application directions An accurate reasonable budget per school Eligibility Requirements 24

25 Infrastructure Engineering Sidewalks, trails, and bicycle lanes Pedestrian and bicycle crossing improvements On-street/off-street bicycle facilities Traffic diversion improvements in the vicinity of schools Traffic calming and speed reduction Eligibility 25

26 Noninfrastructure Education, Encourage, Enforcement Child pedestrian safety education Activities to encourage walking/biking to school Walk or bike to school groups (e.g. walking school bus, bike trains) Volunteer coordinator stipends associated with specific deliverables Child bicycle safety education Make Trax curriculum implementation activities Eligibility 26

27 Pedestrian bridges Sidewalks or paths that do not connect schools with residential areas (i.e. connecting schools on a campus, connecting schools with recreational or athletic facilities) Projects that reorganize pick-up and drop-off areas primarily for the convenience of drivers Improvements to bus stops and bus safety programs At-school mileage clubs Neighborhood clean-ups Sidewalks on one side Ineligibility Projects/Activities 27

28 Construction extras and cost overruns Design engineering & construction engineering Environmental clearance and mitigation Permit costs Project administration Grant funds capped at lower bid amount additional awarded amount not available 28 Ineligibility Projects/Activities

29 Cost for required traffic signal warrant studies Equipment for infrastructure maintenance Landscaping Purchase of right of way Raised crosswalks Stand-alone ramps, which should be done with other funds to meet ADA requirements Supplementing or replacing existing funding Ineligibility Projects/Activities 29

30 Online Resources Michigan SR2S: SR2S Handbook and Make Trax Curriculum Regional training information Resources for students with disabilities E-newsletters Walk to School Day Funding information National Center for SRTS: National best practice information Parent and Student Travel Tally surveys SRTS Nat’l Partnership: National advocacy to advance the SRTS movement 30

31 The Michigan Association of Planning MSU Department, of Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies League of Michigan Bicyclists Michigan State University Extension Michigan State University SPDC Michigan Trails and Greenways Association Programs to Educate All Cyclists Wayne State University Engineering Wayne State University Urban Programs Statewide Partners 31

32 Michigan T echnical Assistance Need Help With?Contact Information from MDOT SR2S State Infrastructure Program Leadership Bryan Armstrong, SR2S MDOT Program Manager 517.335.2636 SR2S Contracts, Training, and Invoicing Southwest, Bay, and North Regions April Morrison-Harke, SR2S Contract Coordinator 517.908.3832 Completing SR2S Surveys Website Assistance Walking School Bus information Walk to School Day Grand, Metro, University, and Superior Regions Adrianna Jordan, SR2S Operations Coordinator 517.908.3826 SR2S State Non-Infrastructure Program Leadership SR2S for Students with Disabilities Meg Thomas, SR2S MFF Program Director 517.908.3824 32

33 MDOT Regions Superior (1) Grand (3) University (6) Metro (7) Adrianna Jordan (517) 908-3826 North (2) Bay (4) Southwest (5) April Morrison-Harke (517) 908.3832 33

34 Thank you “Thank you to all who have invested in the children of Gross Ile and gave them a safe place to walk, ride bikes and play.” -Letter to the Editor, The Gross Ile Camera, 9/10/2010

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