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Mapping the Way to Success: the
Arkansas Safe Routes to School Program


Active Commuting


1970:

~ 50% of students

walked or biked to

school





2000
:


<15% of students

walked or biked to

school



Lack of

Physical

Activity

The

Obesity

Epidemic


Lack of Safe

and Supportive

Environments

Safe Routes to Schools



Program Goal

Improve the health and well
-
being of children by enabling
and encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school



Facilitate planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that
improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity (~ 2
miles) of schools (K
-
8)


Program Structure

$612 million over 5 years (2005
-
2009)


Each State administers its own program and hires full
-
time State Coordinator



Develops procedures to solicit and select projects for funding



Infrastructure projects (engineering improvements)



Non
-
infrastructure activities (education, enforcement, and encouragement programs)


AR hired the first State Coordinator in October 2006

State

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Total

Arkansas

$ 1,000,000

$ 990,000

$ 1,028,419

$ 1,272,745

$ 1,591,846

$ 5,883,010


SRTS Framework

(the 5 E’s)



Using this framework helps ensure sustainability of most built environment
endeavors


Encouragement


Using events and activities to promote bicycling and
walking


Education

Teaching individuals about the broad range of health and
transportation benefits as well as safety skills


Engineering

Creating infrastructure improvements that reduce speeds and
establish safer areas


Enforcement

Partnering with local law enforcement to ensure drivers obey
laws and initiating community safety enforcement campaigns


Evaluation

Monitoring and researching safety and utilization outcomes and
trends

“ The City of Davis has even dispensed school buses
because of safe access by bicycle and foot to local
schools”

Safe Routes to Schools



Nationally Funded SRTS Activities:



Walkability and bikeability audits of street safety around schools


Local programs to improve sidewalk conditions near schools


Use of traffic calming and pedestrian priority devices


Walk and bike safety education and fitness challenges


"Walking school buses"


Increased traffic enforcement around schools


Cooperation between school officials, law enforcement


officials, and transportation planners










Arkansas SRTS Program

The goal of the Arkansas SRTS Program is to provide a
safe environment in which children can
safely walk and bike to school



Three types of projects are funded in Arkansas:


Educational Projects


Infrastructure Projects


Start
-
up Projects


Who is Eligible?


Individual schools


School clusters


School districts


Communities



Counties


State Agencies


Cities


Non
-
Profit Agencies

Applicants need to notify their cities and get the proper easements and maintenance agreements.
All applicants are responsible for maintenance of all project infrastructure.

Start Up






Form school
-
specific SRTS Coalition


Perform self assessment of bicycle and
pedestrian environment


Develop prioritized lists of educational programs
and infrastructure projects


Organize and hold one SRTS event such as
Walk to School Day


$3,000 lump sum payment upon completion


Education


Education Programs are designed to
create awareness of the benefits and
goals of your Safe Routes to School Plan


Activities include teaching pedestrian,
bicyclist and traffic safety.


Education


Promotional and educational
materials



Bike and pedestrian safety
curricula



Training for school and
community audiences



Modest participation incentives



SRTS data collection,
analysis, evaluation, and
reporting



Law enforcement and
equipment



Crossing guard training
and equipment

Allowable Expenses

Infrastructure

All infrastructure projects

must
be within
two miles
of the school.


Types of projects include:


Sidewalk improvements


Crossings,


Median refuges,


Raised crossings,


Raised intersections,


Traffic control devices and sight distance improvements


new or upgraded traffic signals


pavement markings


traffic stripes, in
-
roadway crossing lights, flashing beacons, bicycle
-
sensitive signal actuation devices, pedestrian countdown signals,
vehicle speed feedback signs, and pedestrian
-
activated signal
upgrades),



Arkansas SRTS Advisory Committee initial review


Applications rated using a point system


Arkansas Highway Commission approves scores


Federal Highway Administration appropriates funds


Project Selection Process

AR Safe Routes to Schools


Mapping the Way to Success: Arkansas’s SRTS

“Walking and Wheeling Toolkit and Online Resource Guide”


2008 Grant Specific Aims:


To increase statewide awareness of the Arkansas SRTS
program

by
adapting existing SRTS products to better
serve an Arkansas audience


specifically address rurality and other identified barriers


Funded Grant Activities: 4 Components



Formative Evaluation (focus groups)



Arkansas
-
specific SRTS Toolkit (print and CD)



Arkansas
-
specific SRTS Website



Arkansas SRTS Training Curriculum/Workshop Development


AR Safe Routes to Schools


Mapping the Way to Success: Statewide Dissemination

and Evaluation Planning for the AR SRTS Program


2009 Grant Specific Aims:

1.
To develop dissemination and communication/marketing
strategies for the Arkansas
-
specific SRTS program
materials currently under development


Partner with the ADE, AHTD, ADH to distribute AR
-

specific SRTS program
materials, to advertise their availability, and to promote/market these materials
at various venues


2.
To develop an evaluation plan for those materials and
programs currently funded by the Arkansas State
Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) SRTS
program

www.arsaferoutes.org

SRTS Marketing and Promotion


SRTS National Partnership



The Safe Routes to School
National Partnership was
launched in the summer of
2005 after two years of
planning meetings. The
Partnership brings together
diverse non
-
profit
organizations, government
agencies, businesses and
professionals to advance
the Safe Routes to School
movement in the
United States.

2010

2011 State Network
Project Participants




Network Activities


Create a network of partners including government agencies,






non
-
profits and policy
-
makers



Research state policies to identify best practices for the network.


Assemble detailed briefs to help network assess policies related to


SRTS issues in Arkansas



Prioritize state policies based on opportunities and need



Develop and implement a state action plan to address state policies


and engage partners



Evaluate progress, look for new state policy and funding

opportunities and revise state action plans regularly


Safe Routes to Schools Contacts





Infrastructure and Funding Questions

Kim Sanders







501
-
569
-
2000


kim.sanders@arkansashighways.com


Education and Communication

Mechelle Winslow





501
-
364
-
4954


mtwinslow@uams.edu


Evaluation and Community Coalitions

Jennifer Shaw






501
-
526
-
2246






ShawJenniferL@uams.edu




State Network and Policy

Julie Hendrix


501
-
350
-
0713


arkansas@saferoutespartnership.org