Safe Routes in Lincoln County
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is about bringing leadership in transportation together with leadership in schools and communities to encourage students and families to walk and bike safely to school as part of a healthy daily routine.
Lincoln County communities are unique when it comes to transportation. Residents, businesses, schools and visitors experience the benefits of active transportation, and government partners can help encourage people of all ages to walk and bike more often.
Please join us for a community conversation about Lincoln County Safe Routes to School outreach, noon – 1:30 p.m. Wed. Feb. 20, 2013 at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 SE Avery St., Newport OR, 97365, Room #117. Light refreshments will be provided. Interested attendees should email to RSVP to email@example.com
We hope you will be there to share your thoughts and goals concerning safe, healthy, active transportation options in your communities. Please review the attached Safe Routes to School background information, which will help guide our discussion.
Safe Routes are about your community, your neighborhood, your health, and your safety. We want to know what your concerns are and how we can address them together.
Community conversations among stakeholders from Lincoln County communities can help lay the groundwork for identifying goals, priorities, and potential projects to benefit your residents, students, and communities. For example, steering committees could be formed to work on safe, healthy, active transportation promotion.
The Oregon SRTS Program recommends completing an Action Plan. The plan initiates evaluation and community involvement activities that prepare schools to seek SRTS project funds through the state program. It is also a valuable tool to strategically plan for and apply for grants from other funding sources.
Recommendations developed from the Action Plan can range from infrastructure (engineering) improvements to programmatic actions (education, encouragement, and enforcement). Many schools consider non-infrastructure components first. Most non-infrastructure programs can begin quickly and start raising community awareness. Evaluation of programs allows for continual improvement.
Sample Community Action Plan:
Rural example: Malin (Klamath County): www.oregonsaferoutes.org/images/stories/ downloads/malinactionplan.pdf
Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers Report: www.oregonsaferoutes.org/ images/stories/downloads/Resources/ BeyondUrbanCentersReport.pdf
City of Elkton (Douglas County) sidewalk enhancement project in school zone: www.oregonsaferoutes.org/images/stories/downloads/Resources/City_Elkton_proj_pictures.pdf
Statewide information, resources, contacts, and research: www.oregonsaferoutes.org