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Safe Routes to School Public Meeting

The Village of Shreve is in the process of developing a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to encourage safe walking and biking to and from Shreve Elementary.  SRTS is a national and international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools.  The program has been designed to reverse the decline in children walking and bicycling to schools.  The Ohio SRTS program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and is administered by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT).

 

In Ohio, the first step in developing a SRTS program is the development of a School Travel Plan (STP).  The STP is a written document that outlines a community's intentions for enabling students to engage in active transportation (i.e. walking or bicycling) as they travel to and from school.  By completing an STP, a community will have a guiding document to assist in improving walking and bicycling conditions for students, including strategies for promoting and encouraging active transportation to school.  An approved STP is the requirement for further funding requests from ODOT. 

 

Shreve’s program began in 2014 with the distribution of surveys to parents of K-8 children regarding their opinions on the current walking and biking environment.  In October, the project team conducted intensive walking audits of the community.  The audits primarily focused on the areas within two miles of the campus.

 

The project team will unveil the recommendations from the DRAFT STP to the public at the Village Council meeting on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM.   Please stop by and provide us with your comments or have your questions answered.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Learn more —

www.dot.state.oh.us/saferoutes

www.everymove.ohio.gov

www.saferoutesinfo.org