WHAT IS SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL?
SRTS programs encourage children ages K-8 to walk and bike to school by creating safer walking and biking routes. These programs are funded through the revised federal transportation act which in turn provides funding to state departments of transportation. SRTS Programs improve walking and biking travel options, promote healthier lifestyles in children at an early age and decrease auto-related emissions near schools. Grants require 20-30% be used for the education of safe and healthy walking and biking.
THE VALLEY VIEW SRTS PROJECT
The Village’s Bike/Pedestrian Committee brought this grant opportunity to the attention of the school district. The school district and the committee thought the greatest need to improve pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle traffic safety was at Valley View. The group has consulted with Brown County, The Brown County Library, village officials, school district officials, Public Safety, Public Works and engineering and construction vendors. Specifically, the project covers:
Upgrade the existing bike/pedestrian path running through the park from Orrie Lane to the playground,.
Add a bike/pedestrian path along Marvelle Lane,
Replace and add bike racks and pads,
Educate, Enforce, Encourage and Evaluate.
The mission of the Ashwaubenon School District’s Safe Routes to School program is to enable and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school safely and enjoyably. The Ashwaubenon School District will partner with students, parents, law enforcement, and the Village of Ashwaubenon staff and residents to identify and overcome the barriers of walking and biking to school to improve the overall well-being of our community.
Tangential benefit to the community is possible with this project since it improves a park property and has included close collaboration between the Ashwaubenon School District and the Village of Ashwaubenon. This broader, community-wide impact on safe biking and walking is a secondary goal of the project.