Starting a SRTS program at your school – This guide (toolkit) has been created as a resource for local parents, teachers, school administrators, public health professionals, city staff, and others looking to develop or expand a Safe Routes to School program or project in Mendocino County. The document provides a menu of strategies and activities to implement various non-infrastructure components of a SRTS program and resources to identify and plan for engineering improvements in order to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and easy choice. The document is organized according to the Five E’s of transportation planning – Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Engineering (and Operations), and Evaluation – all of which are necessary to develop and sustain a successful program. A short summary description of each ‘E’ is provided at the beginning of the relevant section.
Walk & Bike Mendocino can provide coaching and consulting. We also have Bike Rodeo equipment available on loan to schools and community groups. Available equipment includes; 1) Fleet of training bikes, 2) traffic cones, 3) child size traffic signs and stop sign, 4) awnings, 5) reflective safety vests. A deposit will be required commensurate with the amount of equipment borrowed. The cost of replacement or maintenance following use will be deducted from the deposit. There is a stocking and maintenance fee of $100 – delivery costs may be requested.
Mendocino County SRTS Plan – This plan includes recommendations for a Safe Routes to School program that will strive to:
· Enhance children’s health and well-being
· Ease traffic congestion near the school to improve safety
· Increase the number of students getting regular physical activity
· Improve air quality around schools and community members’ overall quality of life
· Increase the number of students who walk and/or bike to and from school.
· Provide clear projects and programs for implementation