[NJ_SRTS] FW: Safe Routes to School E-News: July 2006

John Boyle john at bicyclecoalition.org
Thu Jul 13 06:34:44 EDT 2006


 

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From: Deb Hubsmith [mailto:saferoutes at bikesbelong.org]
Sent: Mon 7/10/2006 10:01 PM
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Subject: Safe Routes to School E-News: July 2006



Safe Routes to School E-News

 

Safe Routes to School E-News is a monthly email newsletter published by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, growing network of nearly 200 non-profit organizations, government agencies and professional groups that are working to set goals, share best practices, secure funding, and provide detailed policy input to implementing agencies for advancing the Safe Routes to School national movement.   

 

Please forward Safe Routes to School E-News to others who may be interested!  

 

Issue #8:  July 2006

 

In this issue:

 

1.         NHTSA Seeks Schools to Participate in SRTS Safety Study

Please reply to the contacts below to take a survey

 

2.         Information Sought about SRTS Programs in Inner City Regions

Sign-up to participate in a 10 minute interview if you have been involved in a program

 

3.         Free "SRTS Practitioner's Workshop" on September 5 from 1-5 PM

Presented by the NCBW and the SRTS National Partnership before Pro Walk/Pro Bike

 

4.         Safe Routes to School National Partnership Annual Meeting (Free)

Friday, September 8, 3-6 PM, in Madison, Wisconsin after Pro Walk/Pro Bike

 

5.         Has Your State Hired its SRTS Coordinator?

32 States have hired Coordinators; 19 States still need to make the hire

 

6.         Maine releases a Call for Infrastructure Applications: due August 11

A statewide education and outreach program is in development 

 

7.         Iowa releases a Call for Applications: due October 1

Applications are available for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects 

 

8.         Update on the Texas Safe Routes to School Program

TxDOT approves rules for Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Programs

 

9.         Transportation Research Board call for papers: due August 1, 2006

The Subcommittee on School Transportation invites submissions 

 

 

1.         NHTSA Seeks Schools to Participate in SRTS Safety Study

Please reply to the contacts below to take a survey

 

Under contract to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Dunlap and Associates, Inc., is conducting a preliminary study to evaluate the safety benefits of SRTS programs in elementary schools.  They need the participation of programs that began before 2005 and programs that are getting ready to begin.  Dunlap staff will interview coordinators of programs created prior to 2005 about topics such as program motivation, initiation, areas of coverage, and implementation.  Interviews should be less than one hour.  It would be beneficial to the study to identify as many operating programs as possible.  Programs that are just starting are needed for a pre-post analysis of transportation mode choices and self-reported behaviors.  This study is not evaluating specific programs.  The names and locations of any programs providing information to the study will not be identified in any study documentation.  

 

By participating in this research we can begin to take the small steps necessary to ensure the health and safety of all children.  To participate in this project and/or to get more detailed information about the research project please contact Richard Blomberg (rdblomberg at aol.com) or Arlene Cleven (arlenecleven at aol.com) at Dunlap (telephone 203-323-8464; FAX 203-964-0799).

 

Please forward this announcement to contacts associated with schools that may have Safe Routes to School programs.

 

 

2.         Information Sought about SRTS Programs in Inner City Regions

Sign-up to participate in a 10 minute interview if you have been involved in a program

 

The Active Living Resource Center (ALRC) is working on a project to adapt Safe Routes to School program activities to the inner city. To date the majority of our Safe Routes experience has come from suburban settings where parent volunteers and champions are somewhat easier to come by, and walking to school is sometimes more of an elective trip than a necessity. Currently we are conducting interviews with SRTS practitioners and champions in the U.S and abroad that either have conducted SRTS initiatives in cities or who share our interest and concern - that is that existing SRTS programs are not adequately addressing the urban conditions that can pose multiple hazards to children and the limited availability of adults to participate in typical startup activities.  

 

If you have organized or been involved in SRTS programs in inner city schools and can spare us 10 minutes, we would like to interview you.  Please contact Mark Plotz at mark at bikewalk.org; or Sharon Roerty at sharon at bikewalk.org.  To learn more about the ALRC please visit our website at www.activelivingresources.org <http://www.activelivingresources.org/>  .

 

 

3.         Free "SRTS Practitioner's Workshop" on September 5 from 1-5 PM

Presented by the NCBW and the SRTS National Partnership before Pro Walk/Pro Bike

 

Make your plans to arrive early at Pro Walk/Pro Bike in Madison, Wisconsin so that you can participate in the free Safe Routes to School Practitioner's Workshop, presented by the National Center for Bicycling and Walking and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership on Tuesday, September 5 from 1-5 PM.  This workshop should be of interest to affiliates of the National SRTS Partnership, SRTS State Coordinators, State Bike/Ped Coordinators, and SRTS practitioners including state, regional and local program organizers.  We expect from 75-125 attendees.  

 

The purpose of the workshop is to explore the implementation of local SRTS planning and initiatives.  The workshop will include a discussion with National Partnership members and others on how they are activating local coalitions to start SRTS programs.  What kind of success are they having in getting programs launched; who is stepping up to lead/help; what are the opportunities and barriers?  Also of interest are training programs for volunteers, school and local officials; and how advocates are working with DOTs to set up guidelines and evaluation of programs.  NCBW working with the SRTS National Partnership will select a few case studies from different regions of the U.S. to examine local practice and programs that are generating momentum.  The workshop will also include presentations from the FHWA SRTS Program; and the National SRTS Clearinghouse.  Representatives from each will talk about resources that are or will soon be made available to foster implementation of local SRTS programs. Registration for the free SRTS Practitioner's Workshop is available at:  http://www.bikewalk.org/conference/srts.html

 

 

4.         Safe Routes to School National Partnership Annual Meeting (Free)

Friday, September 8, 3-6 PM, in Madison, Wisconsin after Pro Walk/Pro Bike

 

The annual meeting for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will be held directly after the conclusion of Pro Walk/Pro Bike in Madison Wisconsin on Friday, September 8 from 3-6 PM.  We encourage partner affiliates to attend Pro Walk/Pro Bike and to ensure that your travel plans include the Partnership's free annual meeting (the fourth of its kind).  

 

The Partnership's 2006 annual meeting will include the adoption of our Steering Committee governance structure, the adoption of a four-year Strategic Plan, and an opportunity to discuss and set goals for the national Safe Routes to School movement.  Registration for the free SRTS National Partnership annual meeting is available at:  http://www.bikewalk.org/conference/srts.html

 

 

5.         Has Your State Hired its SRTS Coordinator?

32 States have hired Coordinators; 19 States still need to make the hire

 

Section 1404 of SAFETEA-LU, the enabling legislation for Safe Routes to School, indicates that each state must hire a full time Safe Routes to School state coordinator.  Each state administers its own SRTS program, and the SRTS Coordinator is the point-person for inquiries about procedures, policies, funding, timelines and other opportunities for Safe Routes to School in your state.

 

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership encourages those interested in SRTS to get to know their SRTS Coordinator, and to learn more about the timeline and process for developing the state's SRTS program.  For the contact information regarding SRTS coordinators and interim points of contact, please see:  http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/contacts/index.cfm  Here's a snapshot of the progress:

 

Not yet hired:  The following five states have not yet hired a SRTS Coordinator:  GA, NE, NH, SD, and UT.  We encourage SRTS advocates in these states to contact the state's bicycle and pedestrian coordinator to ask about the timeline and process for making the hire.  A list of bike/ped coordinators can be found at:  http://cms.transportation.org/?siteid=59&pageid=852  

 

Interim contacts named:  The following 14 states have named an "interim" point of contact for SRTS, but have not yet hired a permanent full-time coordinator, as required by law:  AR, CO, DE, DC, FL, HI, ID, IL, NV, OK, PA, SC, TN, and TX.  We encourage SRTS advocates in these states to get in touch with the interim contact to learn about the state's process for creating a position and hiring a permanent coordinator.  

 

SRTS Coordinators in place:  Congratulations and thanks to the following 32 states that have hired their permanent SRTS Coordinators:  AL, AK, AZ, CA, CT, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, RI, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI and WY.  We encourage SRTS advocates in these states to communicate regularly with their SRTS Coordinator and to work together with their DOT to make the most of this important funding opportunity.

 

 

6.         Maine releases a Call for Infrastructure Applications: due August 11

A statewide education and encouragement program is in development 

 

The Maine Department of Transportation recently announced the release of the MaineDOT Safe Routes to School application.  The applications are due no later than August 11, 2006, and are available at www.mainedot.gov. Eligible activities are for the planning, design, and construction of projects that will improve both the safety and ability of students to walk and bicycle to school.  

 

Projects may include sidewalk improvements, traffic calming efforts, pedestrian and bicycle crossing and intersection improvements, on-street bicycle facilities, off-street bicycle and pedestrian facilities, secure bike parking, and traffic diversion improvements in the vicinity of schools (within approximately 2 miles). Such projects may be carried out on any public road or any bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail in the vicinity of schools.

 

The goal of the Safe Routes Program is to combine infrastructure improvements along with education and encouragement activities. MaineDOT is in the process of developing a statewide education and outreach program.  According to their grant application, Maine projects receiving infrastructure funding will be required to participate in the education and outreach program. 

 

 

7.         Iowa releases a Call for Applications: due October 1

Applications are available for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects 

 

The Iowa Department of Transportation has released a call for applications for infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects.  Both types of applications are due on October 1, 2006.  They have developed a section of their website related to Safe Routes to School, available at:  http://www.dot.state.ia.us/saferoutes/#What%20is%20Safe%20Routes%20to%20School%20(SRTS)  The application guidelines, as well as additional information on the state program, can be found at that web location.  

 

One section of the website details what communities, schools and others can do to prepare for making a grant application.  The website offers the following tips:  

*	Identify community partners and form a local SRTS team 
*	Come up with a plan, whether it's on a school, district, city or regional level 
*	Inventory and prioritize where improvements are needed, with the help of parent and student surveys 
*	Learn what is possible, both in infrastructure and policy 
*	Determine gaps in pedestrian and bicycle safety education 
*	Start encouragement programs (like International Walk to School Day) 
*	Prioritize easy steps and those that require funding 

 

 

8.         Update on the Texas Safe Routes to School Program

TxDOT approves rules for Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Programs

 

On June 29, 2006, the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) governor-appointed Commission approved rules for Safe Routes to School infrastructure and non-infrastructure programs. The new Texas rules can be found at www.dot.state.tx.us/publications/commission/2006_meetings/minute_orders06/jun29/9b(2).pdf.  Texas Bicycle Coalition suggested 36 changes to the proposed rules, and six were immediately accepted by TxDOT staff. Most of the other Coalition recommendations were well-received by the Commission and TxDOT staff and may be incorporated into the Safe Routes infrastructure and non-infrastructure programs in the future.

 

TxDOT's existing Bicycle Advisory Committee will serve as the Safe Routes to School Task Force for Texas. The Committee will participate in program design and project selection. Texas Bicycle Coalition Executive Director Robin Stallings serves as chair of the Bicycle Advisory Committee. The Committee includes appointed members from the fields of education, health, law, business, bicycle advocacy and other Safe Routes to School stakeholders.

 

Texas Bicycle Coalition and TxDOT have been working together on bicycle safety education since 1999. Safe Routes to School is a natural evolution of that partnership. At the hearing in June, TxDOT Commissioners expressed excitement and support of Safe Routes to School in Texas.  

 

TxDOT has had a Safe Routes infrastructure pilot program in place since the passage of the Matthew Brown Act in 2001. Texas Bicycle Coalition is operating the only non-infrastructure program in the state with a three-year grant (2004-07) from the U.S. Department of Education, Carol M. White Physical Education Program. For more information about the BikeTexas Safe Routes to School program, visit www.BikeTexas.org <http://www.biketexas.org/> .

 

 

9.         Transportation Research Board call for papers: due August 1, 2006

The Subcommittee on School Transportation invites submissions 

 

The TRB Subcommittee on School Transportation [ANB10(6)] invites you to submit papers for the upcoming TRB Annual Meeting which will take place January 21-25, 2007 in Washington DC.  Created in 2004, the Subcommittee on School Transportation considers the broad range of issues that impact the safety, security, health, and quality of all modes of school transportation.  Papers are invited on the topics of:

 

-                     Safety and security of school transportation

-                     Active travel to school

-                     School walkability and bikability assessment

-                     International comparisons of school transportation practices

-                     Impacts of rising fuel cost to school transportation

-                     School siting, build environment and school transportation         

 

Please indicate ANB10(6) on the Submission Review form to indicate that the paper is being submitted in response to this Call for Papers.   Papers for the 2007 Annual Meeting must be submitted electronically no later than August 1, 2006.  Updated paper submission information is posted on the TRB website: http://www.trb.org/meeting/

 

Authors who have submitted papers are requested to send the paper number and abstract to Ann Dellinger (adellinger at cdc.gov), chair for the paper review committee by August 1, 2006.

 

 

Help Expand the Partnership!

 

Joining the Partnership is free.  Please encourage other organizations, schools, businesses and government agencies to affiliate with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership at:  http://bikesbelong.org/site/page.cfm?PageID=252  

 

Primary funding for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership has been generously provided by the Bikes Belong Coalition.  

 

For More Information Contact

 

Deb Hubsmith, Coordinator

Safe Routes to School National Partnership

saferoutes at bikesbelong.org

www.bikesbelong.org <http://www.bikesbelong.org/>  

(415) 454-7430

 

 

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