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Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership

 

Welcome to Terri Lee, our new Safe Routes to School Coordinator. Terri is primarily working with Indianapolis schools and community partners, but feel free to contact her for for general information about our statewide efforts. Terri can be reached by email at tlee [at] acsm [dot] org.

State Partner Network Development
Indiana SRTS partners meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month, from 9-11 AM. For more information (including call-in info) please contact Kim Irwin (kirwin [at] acsm.org).

Partners from around the state of Indiana are working together on the development of an Indiana Safe Routes to School (SRTS) State Network. Our goal is to increase the number of children safely walking and biking to school through sharing information, resources, technical assistance, and ideas. We are following the model of many other states around the country and are using the 10-Step Guide and State Policies: Best Practices resources provided by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. To get involved in our workgroup and related activities, please contact Kim Irwin (kirwin [at] acsm.org).


Indiana Safe Routes to School Assessment
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity has released their Indiana Safe Routes to School Assessment. In 2013, the ISDH entered into an agreement with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to assess and promote the non-infrastructure element of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program in Indiana.

As part of the agreement between the two agencies, ISDH prepared this assessment of the overall SRTS program. The purpose of the assessment was partly to analyze the project types, locations, and funding amounts of projects throughout Indiana. The purpose was also to evaluate how effective the program has been for increasing walking and bicycling to school and raising the profile of active transportation for school travel in Indiana. The responses from student and parent surveys previously assembled as part of the SRTS program have been analyzed along with additional survey data gathered specifically for this assessment. This report presents the results of the analysis along with a summary of the findings of the assessment and general recommendations to address these findings. Access the Indiana Safe Routes to School Assessment report here.


Bike to School Day
was Wednesday, May 7, 2014.
Congratulations to the 45 schools that registered events!

Walk to School Day was Wednesday, October 9, 2013. Congratulations to the 74 Hoosier school communities that participated!

Let's Walk and Roll to School, an IndyTalks event, was held on Saturday, September 14.

2013 Indiana Walk and Bike to School Challenge
The Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership again hosted a friendly Walk and Bike to School Challenge this past spring. 24 Indiana schools participated in National Bike to School Day on May 8.

Safe Routes to School Post Award Workshop, Planning for Success
A successful training was held on February 22, 2013. Workshop materials include:

Workshop Flyer
Workshop Agenda
M. O'Loughlin Slides, Handout
A. Henderson Slides
S. Kemp Slides
J. Pyrz Slides
D. Buck Handout


Walk to School Day 2012
was held on Wednesday, October 3. Congratulations to the 48 Indiana schools that registered events. Learn more at www.walkbiketoschool.org.
Indiana Invitation Letter and Resources


2012 Safe Routes to School Application Cycle and Workshop

The Indiana Department of Transportation's 2012 Safe Routes to School funding cycle closed on May 29, 2012.

On April 12th, the Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership held a training workshop, Preparing a Successful Safe Routes to School Funding Application, to provide information and guidance for potential applicants. A video recording of the training will be made available; contact Kim Irwin (kirwin [at] acsm.org) for a copy. The agenda included: an overview of INDOT’s application, review and award process; tips, guidance and lessons-learned from successful past applicants; and Q&A, discussion and networking.

Workshop resources include:

  • Handout from Micheal Michael O’Loughlin, Safe Routes to School Program Manager, INDOT
  • Slides from Kelli Thompson, Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation/Healthy Communities
  • Slides from Principal Laura Noble, William Tell Elementary


2012 Indiana Walk and Bike to School Challenge
The Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership was excited to host ‘15 Days of Fun on Your Feet’ in the spring of 2012! This Walk and Bike to School Challenge, which began on April 23rd and ended on May 11th, encompassed the first annual National Bike to School Day on May 9th. Learn more about it here.


Walk to School Day 2011
Congratulations to the 46 Indiana schools that celebrated 'Hike it! Bike it! I like it!' on Wednesday, October 5th!
Invitation letter and resources
Learn more on the Walk to School Day website


2011 State Funding Cycle - Applications were due 5/27/11
Health by Design/INDOT Invitation letter
Application Process

Materials from "mini-workshop" for applicants
INDOT Program Info
Kim's Helpful Hints

2010 Safe Routes to School Workshop
On 8/30/10, Health by Design hosted a workshop to provide information and guidance for developing or expanding a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program in schools and communities across Indiana. More than 100 participants learned about the benefits of and barriers to walking/biking to school; the process and steps for developing a SRTS program; best-practices and lessons-learned from schools/communities across the state; no/low-cost strategies for implementing a SRTS program; and about the importance of developing a statewide network of partners. Thank you very much to our fantastic presenters and all who contributed to make the day a success! Presentations are linked below.

Safe Routes to School in Indiana
Michael O’Loughlin
Safe Routes to School Program Manager
Indiana Department of Transportation

Building a Safe Routes to School Program in Your Community
Jennifer Pyrz
Supervising Engineer, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Safe Routes to School Committee Member and Parent, St. Thomas Aquinas School

Building a Safe Routes to School State Network
Rory Neuner
State Network Manager
Safe Routes to School National Partnership


Links and Resources
National Center for Safe Routes to School: http://www.saferoutesinfo.org
Safe Routes to School National Partnership: http://www.saferoutespartnership.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/kidswalk/
Indiana Safe Routes to School Program: http://saferoutes.in.gov/
Walk to School Day: http://www.walktoschool.org