Fond du Lac Safe Routes to School
The purpose of the Fond du Lac Safe Routes to School (SRTS) plan is to identify barriers and unsafe conditions for children walking and biking to school on the Fond du Lac Reservation. The SRTS program is designed to work with school staff, students, and parents to evaluate the school’s surrounding, educate on the SRTS concept, enforce safety-related policies, and encourage participation. These key areas of evaluation, education, enforcement and encouragement help create a community where students can travel to school on their own and parents and school staff feel comfortable about their safety. |
Evaluation provides the core element of the SRTS program by evaluating existing conditions around the school on the Reservation, and determining design elements necessary to remedy the problems the evaluation uncovers. The education component includes identifying safe routes, teaching students to look both ways at intersections, and how to handle potentially dangerous situations. Enforcement includes policies that address pedestrian safety issues such as speeding or illegal turning. Encouragement is the final element of the SRTS program. It combines the results of the other areas to improve knowledge, facilities and enforcement to encourage more students to walk or ride safely to school.
Fond du Lac is working with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission to facilitate the entire process.
|A steering committee has been developed to work through the process. There will be four meetings throughout the process.|
MEETING #1 SUMMARY
Steering Committee Meeting #1 was held on April 7th 2009. At this meeting the steering committee discussed the planning process timeline, identified commitments, and identified goals and outcomes of the project.
MEETING #2 SUMMARY
This meeting was a SRTS Workshop which was held on April 24, 2009 to promote the SRTS program and gain additional input from interested parties. Bob Chauncey and Mark Plotz from the National Center for Bicycling and Walking also presented information on Safe Routes to School and discussed how other communities have been successful in encouraging children to bike and walk.
Health Fair Expo
This event was held on June 11, 2009 and, with the use of a booth by the ARDC, resulted in helpful community feedback.
The next step in the process is to survey students and parents about traveling to school. Surveys have been given to teachers to submit to all students at Fond du Lac School grades K-8. These surveys will be used identify barriers to traveling to school via walking or biking.
Fond du Lac Reservation Safe Routes to School Plan FINAL DOCUMENT, August 2009
National Center for Bicycling and Walking
National Center for Safe Routes to School
Minnesota Safe Routes to School
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