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#40 Safe Routes Networks: Building Livable Communities for Kids and Everyone - Thomas

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  • 1. Partnership Successes of the Missouri Safe Routes to School State NetworkIan Thomas, PedNet Coalition (Columbia, Missouri) Pro Walk, Pro Bike: 12 September, 2012
  • 2. More than 100 partners,including:• MO Bike/Ped Federation• MO SRTS program (MoDOT)• PedNet Coalition/Trailnet• MO Department of Education• MO Parent-Teacher Association• MO School Boards Association• Raytown C-2 School District• Ozark Child Advocacy Center• University of Missouri Extension• Transtria, Inc.• Missouri Foundation for Health• Incarnate Word Foundation• Lt. Governor Peter Kinder• Congressman Russ Carnahan• Mayor Darwin Hindman
  • 3. Complete Streets Policies and Resolutions2004: Columbia 2008: DeSoto, Ferguson2010: Crystal City, Elsberry, Festus, Herculaneum, Lee’s Summit,Pevely, St. Louis2011: Blue Springs, Grandview, Independence2012: Belton, Kansas City
  • 4. Complete Streets Policies and Resolutions2004: Columbia 2008: DeSoto, Ferguson2010: Crystal City, Elsberry, Festus, Herculaneum, Lee’s Summit,Pevely, St. Louis2011: Blue Springs, Grandview, Independence2012: Belton, Kansas City
  • 5. Funds Allocated to Low-Income/Minority Schools
  • 6. Bill to Adopt “Walk to School Day” into State Holidays Calendar• 2011: SB 180• Sponsor: Senator Will Kraus, Lee’s Summit• Added to state calendar: • Walk to School Day • Walk to School Week • Walk to School Month • Bike to Work Day • Bike Month• Passed General Assembly• Signed by Gov. Jay Nixon
  • 7. Walk to School Day Participation Quadruples • 2009: 15 schools participated • 2011: 59 schools participated
  • 8. Student Transportation Funding Formula The ProblemAnalysis of Missouri’s Student Transportation Funding Formulaby NPLAN’s Sara Zimmerman:“The formula penalizes school districts where eligible childrenmove from using the bus to walking or bicycling to school, intwo ways:1.Fewer students are riding the bus, so the cost per studentincreases, triggering reductions in aid to the district through useof an efficiency factor;1.Fewer eligible students mean that the reimbursement is lesssince the allocation is per eligible student.”
  • 9. Student Transportation Funding Formula Action Committee• US Congressman Russ Carnahan (Missouri)• Missouri Representative Jeanne Kirkton• Missouri Representative Mike Sutherland• Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser• Columbia Former Mayor Darwin Hindman• Debra Clink, Missouri Department of Elementary andSecondary Education• Dr. Joel Denney, Missouri School Boards Association• Jennifer CaseyMissouri Parent-Teacher Association• Dr. Tom Rose, VicePresident, Columbia Board ofEducation• John Stewart, Bayless School District• Tre Harris, MU Extension Livable Streets Project• Cynthia Cantrell, School Specialist, Trailnet• Ashley Winchell, City of Kansas City
  • 10. Student Transportation Funding Formula Common Values1. Students health, welfare, and academic achievement aresupremely important.2. When considering different options for transporting students toschool, individual school districts and the State should worktogether to find an economically-sustainable model.3. When considering different options for transporting students toschool, a broad range of costs and benefits should be consideredincluding health, safety, congestion, environment, and economics,and how these elements affect the student, the school and thecommunity, both in the short term and the long term.4. Transportation by school buses is preferable to privateautomobiles because it results in less congestion and air pollutionaround schools, and is safer for students inside and outside thevehicles.
  • 11. Student Transportation Funding Formula Common Values5. Where it is clearly evident that it is safe to do so, walking orbicycling to school is generally preferable to private automobilesand school buses because the childrens physical activity resultsin better health, better behavior and academic achievement, andreduced environmental harm.6. Where it is clearly evident that it is safe to do so and home-to-school distances are large, walking or bicycling to school shouldbe combined with private automobile or school bustransportation.7. School districts should work with state and local governmentto make necessary improvements to provide more safe routesfor children to bike and walk to school.
  • 12. Student Transportation Funding Formula StrategiesStrategy A: Provide state transportation aid to school districtsto correct pedestrian safety problems (for example, by installingsidewalks or crosswalks) in partnership with other governmentagencies, where the safety problem creates the need for “hazardbusing”Strategy B: Provide a small funding component (for example,$2 per student per year – corresponds to $30,000 for Columbia;$1 million for the state) and require all school districts toimplement a Safe Routes to School program as a condition ofeligibility for transportation aid
  • 13. Sustainability of the Network• 2011: SRTSNP funding support ended• Monthly network conference calls continue (participation ~ 20)• “MoDOT is doing the majority of the asks on MAP-21, beforebeing asked!” (Brent Hugh, MO SRTS Network)• Fall 2012: $40m for bike/ped programs (including $5m SRTS)representing all of their 2012 funds and about half of 2013 funds• Funding is being run as a TE round as under SAFETEA-LU• Governor Nixon chose NOT to opt out of RTP
  • 14. Contact Information Ian Thomas Executive Director The PedNet Coalition ian@pednet.org 573-239-7916

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