Safe Routes To School Informational Workshops Announced

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 in Highways News, News

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will be holding the following Safe Routes to School (SRTS) informational workshops on Kauai and Maui.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall
4191 Hardy Street, Lihue, HI 96766

Friday, April 10, 2015
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Kamalii Elementary School, Room D-7
180 Alanui Kealii Drive, Kihei, HI 96753

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 and lunch is 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 saferoutestoschool@hawaii.gov.  Workshop size is limited, so 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
  • Pick-up and drop-off area strategies
  • SRTS federal program in Hawaii 
  • Perspectives from local stakeholders
  • Field exercise: observation of school campus and surrounding area*
  • Identifying problems and solutions*
  • Creating an action plan for your community*
  • Next steps*

*For the Kauai workshop, these are optional activities that will take place in the afternoon and focus on Wilcox Elementary School.

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

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