(1/26/2012 9:25 AM
Pump Down the Volume: SRTS and Traffic Reduction
In an attempt to reduce the barriers for students to walk and bicycle to school, some Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs focus on reducing traffic congestion and the number of cars around schools. On Jan. 31, 1-2 p.m. EST, the National Center for Safe Routes to School and America Walks will host a 60-minute webinar that addresses the problem of traffic congestion as it relates to SRTS and discusses two SRTS programs that have reduced congestion and measured these traffic reductions.
--Nancy Pullen-Seufert, Associate Director, National Center for Safe Routes to School --Jason Goldsberry, Physical Education Teacher, Eagle Crest Elementary School --Melissa Watford, Health Education Specialist, FirstHealth of the Carolinas
Register now at www1.gotomeeting.com/register/654857816.
The first program, Eagle Crest Elementary School’s Step Often and Ride to School (SOAR) Program in Longmont, Colo., surveyed families in order to understand travel patterns to school. After learning that 75 percent of students arrived by car, the program focused on increasing walking and bicycling rates through education and encouragement. After just one year, Eagle Crest saw a 40 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic and a 60 percent reduction in the number of students driven to school.
The second program, Pinehurst Walks! from Pinehurst, N.C., focused on encouraging the school’s 650 students to become engaged as leaders in the effort to get more students walking to school. The Student Council presented neighborhood walkability recommendations to the Mayor and Village Council, resulting in a $150,000 allocation for a greenway to connect the elementary school to the Village. Their efforts also resulted in a 22 percent reduction in traffic volume on walking school bus days.
Join us to see how these two wonderful programs have succeeded in traffic reduction efforts.
This webinar is part of the Safe Routes to School Webinar Series, developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School.