Safe Routes to School Informational Workshops Announced

Posted on Aug 27, 2012 in Main, News

08/27/12

HONOLULU – The state Department of Transportation announces Safe Routes to School (SRTS) informational workshops.  Communities around the country are using SRTS Programs to make walking and bicycling to school safer and more appealing to children.  Federal legislation has recognized the value of SRTS programs and has provided funding for states to establish programs.

The workshops are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

Oahu
September 18, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fern Elementary School Library
1121 Middle Street, Honolulu, HI 96819

September 25, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Pearl City Highlands Elementary School Library
1419 Waimano Home Road, Pearl City, HI 96782

Maui
October 12, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Iao Intermediate School Conference Room
260 S. Market Street, Wailuku, HI 96793

Kauai
October 23, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Kauai State Office Building 2nd Floor Conference Room
3060 Eiwa Street, Lihue, HI 96766

Below is an overview of the workshop agenda.

  • 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
  • SRTS Federal program in Hawaii

These workshops will provide 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.

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.

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 Safe Routes to School a reality.

Click here to register at http://hawaii.gov/dot/highways/srts/registration, or contact Tara Lucas, State Safe Routes to School Coordinator, at 808-692-7696 or e-mail saferoutestoschool@hawaii.gov.  Workshop size is limited, so register early.

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