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Policies for Pupils: Working with School Boards on Walking and Bicycling Policies-- Leigh Ann Von Hagen

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Title: Policies for Pupils: Working with School Boards on Walking and Bicycling Policies
Track: Change
Format: 90 minute panel
Abstract: Engaging schools in walking and bicycling efforts can be difficult given competing education priorities and frequent staff and volunteer turn-over. Attendees will learn about strategies for influencing school boards and policy opportunities at the district level.
Presenters:
Presenter: Sara Zimmerman Safe Routes to School National Partnership
Co-Presenter: Diane Dohm ChangeLab Solutions
Co-Presenter: Bree Romero Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Co-Presenter: Leigh Ann Von Hagen Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University

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Policies for Pupils: Working with School Boards on Walking and Bicycling Policies-- Leigh Ann Von Hagen

  1. 1. Policies for Pupils Working with School Boards on Walking and Bicycling Policies ProWalk/ProBike/ProPlace 2014 Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP NJ Safe Routes to School Resource Center Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
  2. 2. Can I Bicycle to School? A Review of School Bicycling Policies in New Jersey
  3. 3. Current Practice in New Jersey County Survey •165 schools and 24 school districts surveyed in Middlesex County •No districts-wide policies that outline walking procedures •Typically, districts with 100% busing do not allow walking or biking
  4. 4. Deterrents to Bicycling to School •Fear of liability •Safety issues (traffic, no sidewalks, etc.) •Grade/age minimums for walking and bicycling •Lack of storage space at school for bicycles, coats and helmets •Delayed dismissal for walkers and bikers until the buses and car riders leave Source: Ahlport, Kathryn N., et. al. Barriers to and Facilitators of Walking and Bicycling to School: Formative Results From the Non-Motorized Travel Study. 2007.
  5. 5. Current Practice in New Jersey Category Total Don't know - can't give out information 10 District Policy - permitted 7 District Policy - permitted with age restrictions 33 District Policy - principal decides 32 No policy - permitted 36 No policy - permitted with age restrictions 10 No policy - not permitted 33 No policy - don't know 4 Summary of School Responses: Bicycle Policy
  6. 6. Current Practice in New Jersey Category Total Don't know - can't give out information 10 District Policy - permitted 7 District Policy - permitted with age restrictions 33 District Policy - principal decides 32 No policy - permitted 36 No policy - permitted with age restrictions 10 No policy - not permitted 33 No policy - don't know 4 Summary of School Responses: Bicycle Policy
  7. 7. Current Practice in New Jersey Category Total Don't know - can't give out information 10 District Policy - permitted 7 District Policy - permitted with age restrictions 33 District Policy - principal decides 32 No policy - permitted 36 No policy - permitted with age restrictions 10 No policy - not permitted 33 No policy - don't know 4 Summary of School Responses: Bicycle Policy
  8. 8. The principal or building administrator must grant permission before students can ride. “Because of the clear and present danger of accident in traffic inherent in bicycle riding, it shall be the policy of the Board to prohibit the use of bicycles by students to travel to and from those schools so listed by the principal.” - Old Bridge Township School Board
  9. 9. Can they do that? Are schools or school districts allowed to ban bicycling and walking to school? “A teacher or other person in authority over such pupil shall hold every pupil accountable for disorderly conduct in school and during recess and on the playgrounds of the school and on the way to and from school.” N.J.S.A. 18A:25-2
  10. 10. Can they do that? Are schools or school districts allowed to ban bicycling and walking to school? “A teacher or other person in authority over such pupil shall hold every pupil accountable for disorderly conduct in school and during recess and on the playgrounds of the school and on the way to and from school.” N.J.S.A. 18A:25-2
  11. 11. Land Use Joyce Kilmer E.S. Milltown, NJ
  12. 12. Land Use South Amboy E.S. South Amboy, NJ
  13. 13. Land Use Oak Tree E.S. Monroe, NJ
  14. 14. Policy Survey Summary Lack of coherence: little consistency in policies Lack of procedure: schools informally allow or prohibit bicycling and/or walking Lack of communication: confusing two-tiered jurisdiction over bicycling Lack of agreement over safe navigability: no clear differences in the built environment around schools that allow bicycling and those that prohibit it.
  15. 15. Spinning our wheels
  16. 16. http://www.sustainablejersey.com
  17. 17. Sustainable Jersey for Schools Actions •Energy and Greenhouse Gas •Health and Wellness •Green Design •Land Use and Transportation •Leadership and Capacity Building •Operations and Maintenance •Waste Management •Arts/Culture School •Diversity and Equity •Sustainability Curriculum/Student Learning
  18. 18. Roll Out October 2014 •Schools registered with the program will get special priority access and notification of incentives and grants. •Schools will gain access to training, tools and expert guidance. •Sustainable Jersey certified schools will align with municipal Sustainable Jersey actions.
  19. 19. Walk and Bike Friendly Schools Adopt a Walk and Bike to School, Active Transportation or School Wellness Policy for your school district that encourages walking and bicycling to and from school. Best Practices include: •Bicycle Parking and Storage •Remote Drop-off/Pick-up Locations •Staggered Dismissal (allow walkers and bikers to be dismissed first) •Expanding Transportation Supervisor duties to include walking and bicycling •Safe Routes to Bus Stops •Establishing a walking club for staff •Rewarding staff who walk or bike to school
  20. 20. Steps 1. Build awareness and allies for policy adoption 2. Provide Administration and BOE sample policy • Safe Routes to School District Policy Workbook • NJ Walking to School Model Policy • NJ Bicycling to School Model Policy 3. Policy adoption and distribution
  21. 21. New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center Leigh Ann Von Hagen Sean Meehan Catherine Bull Trish Sanchez Shannon Sweeney New Jersey SRTS Help Desk srts@ejb.rutgers.edu 848-932-7901 saferoutesnj.org

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