School Travel Plan for New Providence Safe Routes to School

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

All 3 K-8 Schools:  Allen W Roberts (AWR), Salt Brook (SB) & New Providence Middle School

2.  Working Groups & Partnerships

Our SRTS Team stretches across years and schools

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

Interactive maps help plan your walk, roll or drive in New Providence

4.2  Routes of Travel

5.  Goals and Actions

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

5.1  Encouragement

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

5.3  Evaluation

We’ve counted traffic at problematic intersections and written blog posts:

We’ve done teacher tallies and parent surveys

5.4  Engineering

5.5  Enforcement

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.

A small army of PTA volunteers assists with the introduction of new Drop & Go’s and at the beginning of each school year.   AWR also has volunteers assisting in the front circle.

6. Program Evaluation and Monitoring

Timelines for Task Force and evaluation

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