This plan will cite areas around each school that require attention for crossing of barriers and provision of sidewalks or other safety measures to encourage walking or bicycling to school for households within one mile of school.
In addition to interviewing each of the 20 elementary school administrators, the consultant will identify and prioritize the following barriers to walking and bicycle within one mile of the school:
- Missing or insufficient walkways (sidewalks and paths)
- No safe place to ride a bike to school
- Crossing streets and intersections are difficult or dangerous (volumes, speeds, control)
- A major roadway or expressway divides the school from residential areas
- Walkways are not accessible to students with disabilities
- Bike parking at school is missing, insufficient or non-secure
- Public safety concerns (crime, violence)
- School or local policies negatively impact pedestrians and bicyclists
This project is an undoubtedly good move for Denton, although we realize that plans can be ignored or require additional planning. The real kicker is how the city will (or won’t) fund the final recommendations. We hope that the final recommendations will include formation of an ongoing Safe Routes program for Denton and not just a one-time analysis. The national Safe Routes website explains how to set up a successful program, and as you can read, it ties together folks from all parts of a community to work continuously towards improvement.
Did you notice that Krum recently received $1,000,000 in Safe Routes funding? They must have applied for funding from the $54 million that Texas distributed this year for Safe Routes. Let’s hope that this consulting plan gets us closer to applying for funds of our own, because I must admit, we weren’t expecting a Krum to lead the local mobility charge. Like all those cities that applied for the $54 million in 2009, we need a shovel-ready plan.
Frank Payne, city engineer, email@example.com