Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Training Course
September 21, 2005
On September 21 st, a very successful all-day training course was held at the Roadrunner Elementary School in north Phoenix. The course taught participants how to develop Safe Routes to School for elementary schools. The course was cosponsored by MAG, the City of Phoenix and the City of Peoria.
26 participants attended the course, from 7 MAG member agencies and 2 school districts. Others agencies that received training included Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Dept of Health Services, FHWA, and Coalition of Bicyclists.
We will be hearing more on this topic in the years ahead as SAFETEA-LU bill includes a new national program for Safe Routes to School. You may ask, why do we need such a program. All you have to do is drive by an elementary school and look at the chaos and safety issues created when students are dropped off and picked up by parents. Most of the elementary schools are not designed to handle this amount of traffic. It is a vicious cycle as more parents drive kids to school because the streets are considered unsafe.
Here are some pictures taken during field observations part of the course at the elementary school.
There are some progressive steps being taken in the region – City of Phoenix has an award winning school safety program that is considered a national example. Glendale and Peoria also have good programs. However, in some parts of our region there is little knowledge on how to address this issue. This course and others like it will help share the knowledge.
MAG has also been asked to lead a state team that will recommend School-based Safety Initiatives to the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Council.