Safe Routes to School

Walking and biking to school has long been a tradition in the Talawanda School District. But while in the past a majority of students walked or biked to school, far fewer do so today. The Talawanda School District, in partnership with the City of Oxford, invites you to join us in trying to make walking and biking a safer and more convenient option for children in Oxford.

Talawanda School District is now participating in Safe Routes to School (SRTS), a national program that empowers communities to make walking and bicycling to school a safe and routine activity.  In partnership with the City of Oxford we are developing a “School Travel Plan” focused on our two most walkable schools: Kramer Elementary and the Talawanda Middle School.  

Collaborative school travel planning -- joining parents, teachers, Talawanda School District, and community partners -- will enable the district to identify and apply for grants to improve engineering (safer and fully accessible crossings, walkways, trails and bikeways), education, encouragement (promoting benefits of walking and biking), traffic enforcement, and ongoing evaluation.

Would you like to help with this long-term planning effort? Here’s how.

Share information on your child’s travel habits and concerns. Participate in an on-line “Parents Travel Survey” about how your children get to school, and what improvements could make walking/biking easier and safer. The survey is anonymous and takes only 5 minutes. Please perform one survey per child.

Kramer parents can find the on-line survey at http://www.saferoutesdata.org/surveyformparent.cfm?key=5094287

Middle School survey at http://www.saferoutesdata.org/surveyformparent.cfm?key=6500694

Help us identify barriers to safe walking/biking. Join your children on route to school and complete a simple Walk/Bike Audit. Mark your route on a map and indicate where improvements might make walking/biking safer or easier. The map and form can be downloaded here. Drop off your completed audit form in your school’s main office.

Together we can create a Talawanda and Oxford community that is safer, healthier, and more sustainable for our children.

 

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