#80 Bunny Hop Roadblocks to Success: Addressing Common Obstacles to Increasing Bicycling to School - Cowan

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  • 1. Bunny Hopping the Roadblocks to Success: Bicycling and Safe Routes to School Dave Cowan, Program Manager, Safe Routes to School National PartnershipRobert Ping, Technical Assistance Director, Safe Routes to School National Partnership Shane MacRhodes, SRTS Program Manager, 4j School District

2. Safe Routes to School National PartnershipFounded in 2005500 organizations, agencies andschoolsChanges policies at national,state and local levelsProvides best practices,technical assistance, and buildsleadershipwww.saferoutespartnership.org 3. Dave Cowan Program Manager Technical Assistance CPPW, CTG,TARC (California), local, regional andstate SRTS programsAuthored Local Policy Guide, Bicycleand Pedestrian Curricula Guide, CPPWand SRTS.Education Director Bicycle Colorado League Certified Instructor - LAB Educated 30,000+ studentsNational SRTS Course Certified Trainer 4. Shane MacRhodesProgram ManagerEugene School District 4J 5. Robert PingTechnical Assistance Director Technical Assistance CPPW, CTG, TARC (California), NationalLearning Network, Fee for Service State Network Project - Policy Change in 20 States Congressional SRTS Task Force Portland SRTS Program Manager Oregon SRTS Technical Assistance Bicycle Safety Education - Oregon and CA Bay Area SF Bay Area: Policy, Bicycle Advocacy, Earn-a-Bike, YouthMentoring, Youth Education, Environmental Advocacy Various committees: School Siting, Diversity, Childhood Obesity,National Physical Plan, Bicycle Education Network, Portland SRTS 6. Todays Agenda: Introduction The Bicycle Stigma Bicycling in Lower-Income Communities Bike Fleets Bike Trains Bicycle Safety Curricula Bike Parking, Storage and Security Building Relationships in the Community Tapping into Bicycle Expertise Building Bicycling in the Community School Policies that Support Bicycling to School Questions and (hopefully) Answers 7. Identify the Roadblocks to Success 8. SFGate 9. SFGate 10. SFGate 11. National Policy Advocacy State Network ProjectRegional Network ProjectTechnical Assistance 12. Cycling is Viewed as a Rich White Mans Sport Bike advocacy has not been inclusive Emphasis has been on elite riding That can change! SRTS may be doing just that 13. Trips for Kids - Denver Equipment Purchase and Maintenance Costs Storage and Parking 14. Bicycling in Lower-Income Communities 15. In 38% of schools, at least half of students are lower-income 42% of US children live in lower-income families Lower-income children twice as likely to walk to school Higher risk of being injured or killed as pedestriansoften due to neighborhoodbarriers 16. Perception: SRTS is only benefiting middle or higher-income schools and communities Lack of attention on SRTS best practices/examples in lower-income communities Not many technical assistance resources focused on unique challenges 17. It Takes Time to Build Trust and Credibility Make sure that the community is represented Dont expect change in attitude right away 18. Its OK to Talk About Race, Class and Culture! Cultural competence bring a partner who is, if you are not Dont expect resolution, just listen, consider and plan 19. Professional ExpertiseThe Challenge Lack of planners and engineers needed to apply for and implement SRTS.Promising Practices Wilmington, DE Area MPO - EnvironmentalJustice Initiative drives their transportation work.EX: Southbridge neighborhood circulationstudy, convening partners, and applying for SRTS funds. Feet First, Seattle, WA - bilingual AmeriCorps volunteer at ConcordInternational Elementary is community SRTS organizer: recruiting volunteers engaging partners developing walking school bus gets the program going prepares school and parents to sustain the program 20. Parental InvolvementThe Challenge51% of lower-income parents jobs prevent involvement in school activities Language barriers and immigration statusPromising Practices Nichols Elementary School, Detroit, MI - parents get monthly stipendsto lead walking school buses. When funding randry, junior high students stepped up to walk younger children TransForm, Alameda County, CA - combining SRTS withparent leadership development and advocacy training.EX: Global Family School, Oakland: parents learn how to leadwalking school buses, how to participate in neighborhoodcrime prevention meetings, how to engage neighborsin improving safety for kids. 21. Personal Safety: Crime and ViolenceThe Challenge Many children walk and bike to school despitehigh rates of crime and violence Children are 5 times more likely to walk and biketo school when safety is not a primary concernPromising Practices Dawes School - Chicago Area Policing Program: parent patrols andwalking school bus leaders use walkie-talkies to report crime and call forhelp, and safe havens with local businesses Thomas Elementary, Flagstaff, AZ: police substation near WSB park,local businesses stopped selling 40s, and walking school bus Zavala Elementary, Austin, TX: corner captains andwalking school buses get more eyes on the street andget more children to walk in groups 22. Local Program Recommendations Have expertise in SRTS or developingtravel plans? offer help to an underservedschool Advocates: see if DOT will fund you to lead program and try local stipends to parents, other leaders Meet with leaders from underserved communities,communities of color, immigrants Make sure that communities are represented oncommittees, task forces, school team Partner with: community groups, churches, clubs,agencies, neighborhood businesses 23. Traffic Safety Education Salem, Oregon Bicycle Club 24. Access to Bicycles and Equipment 25. Repair and Maintenance 26. Traffic Safety Education 27. Traffic Safety Education 28. Infrastructure Improvements 29. National/State Policy Recommendations Create simple evaluation tools to measuresafety improvementsnot just mode shift State SRTS programs should: Track economic and geographic distribution of applications and awards Provide extra help to underserved communities and schools during application and implementation State advisory committees should includeunderserved communities, communities of color 30. Safe Routes to SchoolState Network Project:2007-2011Funding from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 31. Local Policy Recommendations Involve underserved community leaders/championsin planning committees, task forces, school teams Advocate that city/county governments buildsolutions for underserved schools and communitiesinto budgets, policies, programs Encourage school districts to pass walk/bike policiesat all schools and ensure that underserved schoolsget support and resources to apply for SRTS grants. 32. Resource: Low-Income CommunitiesGuide and 2 webinars available atsaferoutespartnership.org/lowincomeguide 33. Resource:Local Policy Guide 34. Evaluation Evaluation 35. Funding, Organizing and Maintaining BicycleFleets 36. Bicycle Fleets 37. Funding Bicycle Fleets Safe Routes for Non-Drivers, TE Foundations (obesity, active lifestyles, environment) Donations (local corporations, businesses) School Fundraising Specialized Dealer Grants Caroline White Pep Grants 38. Maintenance 39. Finding and Choosing Bikes 40. Finding and Choosing Bikes 41. Maintenance Types of bikes Local Bike Shops Volunteer events Build a Bike Program Trainees 42. Organizing Fleets 43. Success Story 44. Bicycle Safety Education in the Classroom 45. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Funding from CPPW City partnered withPhiladelphia BicycleCoalitionAll 174 elementaryschools will receive trafficsafety lessons 46. Organizing Successful Bike Trains 47. What is a bike train?Similarities and differences to a walking school bus 48. Map ItPick a meeting spot(s) and the choose the route(s) 49. Schedule ItPick a start date, recurring day(s) and time(s) 50. Spread the wordMeetings, newsletters, online, flyers 51. Create the structureSet guidelines, assign conductors & cabooses, 52. Other Considerations Safety Weather Resources 53. Have fun! 54. Bicycle Parking, Storage and Security 55. Why is Adequate Bike Parking Important? Safe Routes is building more bicyclists Kids wont ride without a safe andobvious place to park Helps promote Safe Routes program Quick engineering improvement to showprogress Demonstrates school support for bicycling 56. Strategies for Improving Bicycle Parking Talking with power people Building support Funding for bicycle racks Siting for racks Choosing the right number of racks Choosing the right type of racks Rack installation Rack maintenance and education Scooters and skateboards 57. Talk with your Power People Present at PTA meeting Talk with school staff and parents Meet with school principal Check in with city or county staff Contact state safe routes coordinator Local advocacy organizations andneighborhood groups 58. Bad Bike Racks 59. Bad Bike Racks?Common Issues: Located out of normal sight No entryway access Near obstacles (bushes, walls, etc..) On grass or dirt Not secured to ground Dont promote bicycling 60. Bad Bike Racks? 61. Bad Bike Racks? 62. Bad Bike Racks? 63. Bad Bike Racks? 64. Bad Bike Racks? 65. Bad Bike Racks? 66. Bad Bike Racks? 67. Bad Bike Racks? 68. Choosing the Right Type of Racks Support frame at two points, allow one of the framestriangles and front wheel to be locked to the rack Have space in between racks and bicycles to move freely andto prevent bicycles from touching each other. Are securely mounted into the ground or bolted to thesidewalk or concrete slab Are resistant to cutting, rusting, or bending. 69. Siting Racks Positive Example: High visibility area Near entrances Out of the way of foot traffic Away from walls, bushes, orobstacles Plenty of space around racks On a hard surface Racks can be in multiple locations Benjamin Franklin high school, Portland, OR 70. Beach Elementary, Portland, OR 2007-08 had no bicycling policy