Our School Travel Plan helped School Children Win $462,000 for New Providence for sidewalks. Surprise! When we looked at routes of travel from each residence to school, we realized they probably hadn’t been updated since 2 of 4 elementary schools had been closed. This 2017 grant addressed some of the biggest gaps. Donna Zane explains in Creating a Route Home to Every New Providence Neighborhood.
Making New Providence’s School Travel Plan interactive enhances its usefulness. It also shows our kids how STEM can improve simple things like their walk to school. We’ve written required elements as blog posts. This encourages community interaction while giving the government agencies what they need.
1. School Descriptions
2. Working Groups & Partnerships
3. Walk & Bike Barriers & Opportunities
Required and suggested elements: # who walk or bike, rules and policies, concerns, survey results, sidewalk condition, crosswalk condition, traffic issues, crash data and photos
We’ll be adding what you’ve told us in surveys and how these opportunities are being addressed this year and in the future.
4. Maps of School Neighborhood
Includes all suggested and required elements: School Location, Travel Routes, Problem Areas (marked with caution sign on Routes of Travel maps), Pick-up, Drop-Off, Crosswalks / Crossing Guards, Attractors (Recreation, Retail)
4.1 Find AWR’s Safe Routes to School
4.2 Routes of Travel
- Creating a Route Home to Every New Providence Neighborhood
- Routes of Travel – Drafts show 2015-2016 school year (by Donna Zane & Cecile Seth)
List of goals, activities both current and over the last 3 years, action items, Address 5E’s (Engineering, education, enforcement, evaluation and encouragement, Responsibility, Timeline, Resources
- Walk and roll to school days in fall and spring to kick off the walking seasons.
- All K-8 schools since Fall 2014. AWR since Spring 2014, Salt Brook since ~2007
- Elementary schools weekly or monthly through school year.
- Thank you breakfast gifted anonymously to AWR’s front Circle volunteers – ‘Tis the season to count our blessings – especially school drop off volunteers and Mrs Hansen
5.2 Education (starting with AWR)
Plan your AWR pick up and drop off – This is the “public” version of what’s on the AWR school website and only includes the Drop & Go’s on school grounds or next to a crossing guard.
Smarter Way to Carpool for all and Smart Carpools make it easier for UCVTS students to play sports with New Providence High School sports teams
We’ve counted traffic at problematic intersections and written blog posts:
- AWR Back Path
- Crane Circle
- Hawthorne & Cameron
We’ve done teacher tallies and parent surveys
Two Patrol cars visit each school at least once each morning.
If we are having an issue then the School Safety Officer or other Patrolman will stand visibly at the appropriate spot, which is often a sufficient deterrent.
6. Program Evaluation and Monitoring
Timelines for Task Force and evaluation