Safe Routes To School Informational Workshops AnnouncedPosted on Jan 23, 2015 in Highways News, News
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will be holding Safe Routes to School (SRTS) informational workshops on the Big Island at the following dates and locations.
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 workshops are offered free of charge with lunch provided.
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]. Workshop size is limited, so please register early.
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.
SRTS programs grow from community’s concerns about safety, health and traffic. A combination of engineering, education, encouragement, and enforcement strategies are used to address these concerns and make SRTS a reality.
This workshop 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 workshop agenda. The materials covered will be similar to SRTS workshops HDOT held previously.
- Why SRTS matters: safety, health and transportation issues
- Engineering strategies
- Education and encouragement strategies
- Enforcement strategies
- Field exercise: observation of school campus and surrounding area
- Perspectives from local stakeholders
- Pick-up and drop-off area strategies
- Identifying problems and solutions
- Creating an action plan for your community
- SRTS federal program in Hawaii
For more information on the SRTS federal program in Hawaii, please visit http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/srts/.