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Mvrpc Safe Routes forum 2013 sumary

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Mvrpc Safe Routes forum 2013 sumary

  1. 1. Kjirsten Frank & Matt Lindsay Safe Routes to School Forum Overview, June 19th 2013
  2. 2. Why a ‘Forum’ for Safe Routes? Met with local school coordinators, summer 2012, who are “too busy for regular meetings” TAP created an opportunity for MVRPC to set new policy for funding local projects, including Safe Routes Hoped to get a Round Table together to inform our TA policy with local project information and best practices Hoped to bring more schools & communities on board 2
  3. 3. How did we do it? Asked for volunteers for a Steering Committee – city staff, school superintendent, consultant, advocate Held 4 conference calls to plan content and program Found speakers from the Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus areas willing to come for the day Advertised to all area school districts, our full list of city managers, and our bike- friendly communities list 3
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  5. 5. How did it go? 5 It was a success! About 60 attendees, including  14 area communities & school districts represented  2 superintendents, 1 school board president, school nurse, school counselor, several site coordinators, and 2 directors of transportation  5 police officers from various communities  ODOT, Public Health, RAPCA, AAA, LEC, Safe Routes National Partnership  Consultants from Kleingers (lunch sponsor!!), LJB, Barr & Prevost Great Speakers  Safe Routes to School: a Testimonial – Mr. James Fowler & Ms. Teresa Wendell, Kiser PreK-8  Legal framework for cycling and safe routes – Mr. Steve Magus, Esq.  Transporation Alternatives funding at MVRPC – Mr. Matthew Lindsay  Effective PTO involvement - Kate Moening, Tina Muldoon & Tim Casto Round Table in the Afternoon – we fit it in after all
  6. 6. What will the MVRPC Safe Routes Program look like? 6 • Will not be reserving a portion of TAP funds for Safe Routes projects • Safe Routes projects will apply for MVRPC funding under the TAP program and will compete against all other TAP-eligible applications • Applicants must be member jurisdictions • School Districts will need to partner with a member municipality or county • All MVRPC projects require a minimum 20% match (80-20)
  7. 7. What will the MVRPC Safe Routes Program look like? 7 • MVRPC will likely encourage applicants to apply for infrastructure projects • Non-infrastructure projects are eligible, but less likely to score well in the project evaluation system • Planning projects are eligible, but less likely to score well in the project evaluation system • Looking for opportunities to award certain points for SRTS projects • Non-motorized infrastructure projects within 2 miles of a school • Projects consistent with an approved SRTS School Travel Plan • Others…? • MVRPC can assist with School Travel Plan development  Planning facilitation  GIS resources and Mapping services  Walking audits and biking audits  Regional trainings, forum and other collaborative efforts
  8. 8. How does this mesh with ODOT’s Safe Routes Program? 8 • Applying to MVRPC for TAP funding does not preclude also applying to ODOT SRTS program. • MVRPC will likely be able to inform TAP applicants that are not going to get funded by January each year – in time to submit an application to ODOT. • Will require filling out ODOT’s application form (not the same as MVRPC form) • Multi-phase projects could be broken up to receive some funding from each agency. • School Travel Plans: MVRPC will not be getting in the business of reviewing and approving School Travel Plans. That role will remain at ODOT.
  9. 9. Thank You! Kjirsten Frank,, 937‐531‐6524