Safe Routes To School National Course Presentations Coming In October

Posted on Sep 4, 2014 in Highways News, News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) would like to announce the following the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Course presentations.

October 14, 2014
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Aina Haina Elementary School Library
801 W. Hind Drive, Honolulu, HI 96821

October 16, 2014
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Pearl City Highlands Elementary School Library
1419 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City, HI 96782

Community leaders, school officials, health and transportation professionals, law enforcement officers, parents and neighbors who are interested in the implementation of SRTS strategies at all schools statewide are invited to participate. These SRTS National Course presentations are offered free of charge with lunch provided.

Communities around the country are using SRTS Programs to make it more safe and appealing for children to walk and bicycle to school. Federal legislation has recognized the value of SRTS programs and has provided funding for States to establish programs.

To register, go to http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/srts/and click on the link under Upcoming Workshops, or contact Tara Lucas at 808-692-7696 or e-mail [email protected]. Course size is limited, so register early.

SRTS Programs grow from community’s concerns about safety, health and traffic. A combination of engineering, encouragement, education, and enforcement strategies are used to address these concerns and make SRTS a reality.

This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to develop sound SRTS programs based on community needs and conditions, best practices and responsible use of resources. The day concludes with participants learning how to develop an action plan.

Below is an overview of the course agenda. The materials covered will be similar to SRTS workshops HDOT held previously.

  • Why safe routes to school matters: safety, health and transportation issues
  • Engineering strategies
  • Encouragement, education, enforcement and evaluation strategies
  • Field exercise of school campus and surrounding area
  • Perspectives from local stakeholders
  • Pick up and drop-off area strategies
  • Identification of problems and solutions
  • Creating an action plan for your community

For more information on the SRTS Federal program in Hawaii, please visit http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/srts/.