Bicycle and Pedestrian School Safety Review Study

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 10:41am

January 9, 2017

Attention parents and guardians of students in our elementary and middle schools:

All elementary and middle schools are participating in a Bicycle and Pedestrian School Safety Review Study, aimed at identifying procedures, programs and projects that will help improve safety for our students choosing to walk or bike to school. Additionally the study will review related factors such as: sidewalk gaps, timing of traffic lights, traffic patterns and other issues that might affect car riders. We are working with the team of Kittelson and Associates, Inc. (Transportation Engineering/Planning) and River to Sea (Transportation, Planning Organization).  The study will identify areas at each school and in the surrounding communities, that with some adjustments or additions, will improve safe routes for students. Gathering this information now, will help when we apply for grants to make those changes.

There are a number of parts to the study:

-The team meets with each school administration to discuss any concerns or suggestions as it relates to students' arrival and departure; followed by a field study at the school campus as well as the surrounding neighborhoods to note any impediments to safe routes for students.

-The information gathered will be presented to each school for review and discussion.

-Classroom teachers will be asked to do a tally sheet two days in a row. With a show of hands, students will answer how they arrived at school those days and how they plan on returning home.

-We are asking parents/guardians to take a brief online survey. If you have students at more than one school, you will fill out the survey for the child with the closest birthday to the date listed above. Responses will be kept confidential and no names will be associated with the responses.

Links for each school's survey are below:

Belle Terre Elementary School

Buddy Taylor Middle School

Bunnell Elementary School

Indian Trails Middle School

Old Kings Elementary School

Rymfire Elementary School

Wadsworth Elementary School

Thank you in advance for your prompt attention to the survey. Please complete the survey by Tuesday, January 17th. Your school's administrators will be able to answer any questions you may have.