2014 Greater Washington DC Safe Routes to School Regional Meeting
On Tuesday, October 28, 2014, the Greater Washington DC Safe Routes to School Regional Network hosted its annual meeting. The agenda, presentations and a meeting summary are now available on this page.
Case Studies from the Greater Washington, D.C. Region
Communities are tackling Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling in various ways throughout the Greater Washington region. Policies and programs that support Safe Routes to School, walking and bicycling are highlighted below. These examples are from right here in the Greater Washington region and are models for other communities in our region.
- Alexandria City Schools, VA Safe Routes to School program: This program is a partnership between the school system and TrailsforYouth.org, a local non-profit.
- The City of Alexandria, VA school safety project: After requests for pedestrian safety around Charles Barrett Elementary School, the City of Alexandria utilized all Five E’s to make the walk to school safer for students.
- District of Columbia Safe Routes to School program: The full-time coordinator has a defined process in which she works with committees at individual schools to craft a Safe Routes to School plan. The plan is then implemented by the school.
- Montgomery County, MD Safe Routes to School program: Staffed with a full-time coordinator, the program has recently partner with the County’s pedestrian safety division to educate high school students on safe walking.
- Montgomery County, MD prioritizes pedestrian safety: With an emphasis on data, evaluation and Engineering, Education and Enforcement, the county is making the streets safer. The Safe Routes to School program closely coordinates with the pedestrian safety program.
- Prince George’s County shared-use agreement: A long standing shared-use agreement allows the Parks and Recreation Department to offer evening and weekend programming at the schools. The unique park/school model shares land, space and resources. Utilizing a community asset such as schools increases the opportunity to walk, bike or transit for all participants.
- Prince William County Public Schools, VA bicycle education: Physical education teachers are implementing the Bike Smart Virginia curriculum which includes on-bike instruction and bicycle safety. Questions of liability, safety and teacher training were addressed.
- Takoma Park, MD Safe Routes to School program: In the summer of 2012, this program won recognition from the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School committee. A video of the crosswalk simulation activity is an example of how to teach pedestrian education to elementary school students.
- Vienna, VA Area Safe Routes to School program: Led by parents, this program has spread to seven schools with Walking Wednesdays and Wolfie’s Bike Train. Wolfie’s Bike Train was featured on the international Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. The video clip is from the perspective of the students. Their insight is impressive!
- Implementing Complete Streets policies: Complete Streets policies ensure that all users of all abilities are considered when designing, building and maintaining a road. Arlington, VA and Washington, DC have not only successful Complete Streets policies but successful implementation.
- Policies that advance walking and bicycling: Three communities have taken different approaches to ensuring their safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Greater Washington Region Featured in the News
- Road Code Bill Will Make Montgomery County’s Urban Streets More Ped and Bike Friendly (Greater Greater Washington 11/24/14)
- To a Pedestrian, A Road’s A Tiny Place with Danger Just Beside (Greater Greater Washington 11/21/14)
- 2,000 Miles of Bicycle, Pedestrian Projects Recommended by Regional Planners (WAMU 11/20/14)
- 9 Things Drivers Need to Stop Saying in the Bikes vs. Cars Debate (Wired 11/12/14)
- Fairfax Transportation Referendum Approved (Wash Cycle 11/5/14)
- Fairfax Voters Overwhelmingly Support Ped/Bike Funding (FABB Blog 11/5/14)
- Fairfax County Voters OK Transportation Bond (WTOP 11/5/14)
- Fairfax County Approves Bicycle Master Plan (DC Business Journal 10/30/14)
- $100 Million for Transportation Projects in Fairfax County Ballot (Washington Post Dr. Gridlock 10/30/14)
- Bike Lanes May Soon Get a Boost in Fairfax County (WAMU 10/29/14)
- News of the Adoption of the Fairfax County Bike Plan (FABB Blog 10/29/14)
- Fairfax, Hub of Traffic, Adopts Master Plan for Bikes (Washington Post 10/29/14)
- Fairfax County Now Has a Bicycle Master Plan (FABB 10/28/14)
- Study: Safe Routes to School Programs Boost Walking & Bicycling by 30% (Streetsblog 10/22/14)
- Transportation Bonds Will Make Fairfax A Safer Place (Fairfax Times 10/20/14)
- Where D.C. Area Bicycle Fatalities Happen, In One Map…and What’s the Real Intersection of Doom? (Greater Greater Washington 10/16/14)
- Make It Safe For Our Kids to Walk or Bike to School (GGW 10/8/14)
- Fairfax County Crossing Guards Receive Expanded Training, Responsibilities (Fairfax Times 10/3/14)
- Walking School Bus Powered by Kids’ Feet (Washington Post 10/2/14)
Greater Washington Region Featured in other Publications
The National Center for Safe Routes to School Getting Results: SRTS Programs that Reduce Speeding and Distracting Driving profiles three Greater Washington region communities – Rockville, Maryland, the District of Columbia and Alexandria, Virginia.
The National Center also profiles Alexandria City Public Schools, Virginia Safe Routes to School program.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership Resource Center and Safe Routes to School National Center host a wealth of resources, including: fact sheets, studies, archived webinars, and toolkits for Walk and Bicycle to School Day. If you need assistance in finding specific resources, please contact the Regional Policy Manager, Matthew Colvin.