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+ Establishing Safe Communities in Madison County, Kentucky Presentation by: Ruth Hawkins, MSN, RN, CHES Lloyd Jordinson, RN Dorathy Lachman, MD Creating a Culture of Safety
+ SafeRoutes to School ( SRTS)— Safe Routes to School ( SRTS)— City of Berea, Madison County, KY Presented by: Ruth R. Hawkins, MSN, RN, CHES Health Education Director Madison County Health Department 1001 Ace Dr. Berea, KY 40403 859-228-2041 (office) 859-986-1027 (Fax) Website: www.madison-co-ky-health.org
+ Funding Received Madison County Health Department received 1 of 3 grants awarded in state for the Healthy Communities program Amount funded - $36,000 Three focus areas: Physical activity, nutrition, & tobacco prevention
+ Focus Area: Physical Activity Reduce Obesity: Improve physical activity among youth and adults. Action Area 1. Develop and enhance access to community sidewalks, walking and biking paths to promote physical activity in the community.
+ Strategies Provide SRTS training for Berea Independent School (administration, staff, parents, & students) City of Berea employees (law enforcement & GIS coordinator) Madison County School System (administration & staff) St. Joseph Berea Staff Madison County Health Department Staff Install bicycle racks on school campus & various location in the city
+ Strategies (cont’d) Provide student & parent education on SRTS Provide incentives to youth to promote walking & biking Improve signage around school campus & in town (Share the Road, School Crossing, etc.) Improve Traffic Laws Enforcement around town and “special attention” at school start-up & dismissal Evaluate success of program
+ Actions: SRTS Training Conducted SRTS National Training Course on November 12, 2009 @ Berea Independent School Library 34 Individuals attended Berea Independent School District parents, teachers, students, & principals Mayor City GIS Coordinator/Surveyor Hospital Staff City Law Enforcement Officer Madison County School Officials Health Department Staff
+ SRTS National Training Course Website http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/training/national_course/index.cfm
+ Local Interventions for Success Education – Programs for students, parents, community at large Encouragement –Provide bike racks; promote parent volunteers to initiate walking/biking to school; engage neighborhoods to promote safety for youth; incentives/rewards for students Enforcement – Improvement plan for monitoring traffic flow & safety at school start-up & dismissal; crossing guards; “Walking School Bus”; improve signage
+ Where Do Students Who Attend Berea Independent School Live?
+ Recommendations From Training City & School Improvements to Promote Safe Walking & Biking to School 1. Repaint the school parking lot 2. Choke down to narrow the entrance onto the school campus 3. Improve intersections around the school & other locations around town 4. Provide additional bike racks 5. Improve sidewalks conditions
+ Intersection Suggestions Increase time allotted for pedestrians Add no turn on red signs – could use electronic signs that are times to show only during “School Zone Times” Use of “Ladder” style crosswalks
+ Actions Taken Presented SRTS Training Recommendations to: The Berea City Council The Berea Bikeway Committee (Mayor appointed committee) Transportation Engineering Branch Manager, KY Transportation Cabinet, Dist. 7- to discuss proposed recommendations for state roads Purchased bicycle racks Selected signage to be placed around school & town
+ Up-coming Events Reinforce youth & parent education on SRTS Place bicycle racks on school campus Display additional “Share the Road” signs Promote SRTS in the school newsletter @ school year end and fall start-up and throughout summer events Monitor progress & conduct evaluation