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
Descriptions for our K-12 Schools are at the bottom of their Safe Route to School pages:
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 Maps of all New Providence Neighborhoods
The link above is to the main page for planning Safe Routes to Schools in New Providence. You might want to bookmark it.
Safe Routes to Allen W Roberts School – detailed, school specific information, which we have shared on both this website and AWR’s PTA site.
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 warm weather walking seasons.
- All K-8 schools since Fall 2014. AWR since Spring 2014, Salt Brook since ~2007. For example, Spring of 2018.
- Elementary schools weekly or monthly through school year. (Year round program)
- 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
- The New Providence police department holds annual Spring bike rodeos for 3rd graders for as long as anyone remembers, after which kids are allowed to ride their bikes to school alone. This is a highly anticipated right of passage.
- Bring home a celebratory gold patch fall of 2018 while suppllies last!
- Hashtag campaign – Document your walk to school with #WalkNP on social media
- 8 Ways to Reduce School Traffic next September
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
- Each elementary school holds poster contests to publicize and encourage our regular walk and roll events.
- Once parents login to the elementary and middle school web sites they have access to detailed maps and information encouraging walking and biking.
- TransOptions’ Traffic Safety Town, an interactive indoor safety program that gives 4th graders a fun and safe way to learn the rules of the road has been brought to Allen W Roberts and we’re working on scheduling it at Salt Brook.
- Series on Native plants along New Providence’s Safe Routes to School
- Street Smart New Providence
We’ve counted traffic at problematic intersections and written blog posts:
- AWR Back Path
- Crane Circle
- Hawthorne & Cameron
- Street Smarts New Providence Final Report, 2018
We’ve done teacher tallies and parent surveys
Major problem areas identified in the annual parent surveys addressed
- Former SRTS grant added/improved sidewalks at Maple and Pearl.
- In the Summer of 2016 our Department of Public Works added drainage then raised, widened and repaved the back path to Allen W. Roberts.
- 2016 grant request included
- sidewalk on North Central for the Fellsway neighborhood using the path behind Morris Union Juncture Commission
- a sidewalk on the west side of Willow Street.
- other areas as detailed in this 2018 article from TAP New Providence Plans Sidewalk Upgrades through Safe Routes to School Grant
Police patrol cars visit each school twice during arrival and dismissal times including every walk and bike event. They prosecute speeders and dangerous drivers.
Safety Patrol Officer is deeply involved in all Safe Route to School efforts including visiting each proposed Drop & Go, and problem area during arrival and dismissal times. 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 – School Travel Plan
Timelines for Task Force and evaluation
New Providence has held two Walking and biking tallies and in the Spring of 2016 surveyed parents in all 3 schools. Detailed analysis was used to update our SRTS goals for the summer of 2016 and beyond.