Posted on January 30, 2012 1:27 PM
SRTS webinar on traffic reduction
As part of the “Safe Routes to School Coaching Action Network Webinar Series,” developed by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School (NCSRTS), a webinar entitled “Pump Down the Volume: SRTS and Traffic Reduction” will be presented on January 31, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. CT. The webinar will look at the problem of traffic congestion as it relates to SRTS. It will also focus on two SRTS programs that have had success in reducing congestion and measuring traffic reductions. The first program, developed by an elementary school in Longmont, CO, 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, the school saw a 40 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic. The second program, from Pinehurst, NC, 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 other areas of the Village. Their efforts resulted in a 22 percent reduction in traffic volume on walking school bus days.
The webinar is free but requires advance registration. For more information please contact Michelle Gulley at firstname.lastname@example.org.