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South Carolina Safe Routes to School and its Resource Center Award Planning Assistance to Three Schools

April, 2017

Columbia, SC – SC Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and its Resource Center announced today that three schools in South Carolina have been awarded Action Plan Assistance: Newberry Elementary School in Newberry, Manning Junior High School in Manning, and Oakdale Elementary School in Rock Hill. School Outreach Coordinators with the Resource Center will begin working with the selected schools immediately to collect the necessary data for the planning assistance process. This fall, the SRTS Action Plan Assistance process will bring together key stakeholders to collaborate and identify what the needs are and how to improve walking and biking conditions at all three schools. Interested parties are encouraged to participate.

SRTS action plans include strategies which incorporate the Five E's of Safe Routes to School: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation activities, as well as Engineering recommendations for physical changes to sidewalks, roadway crossings, and trails leading to campus. Ideas and recommendations developed during the Action Planning Assistance process will assist in creating a well-balanced approach to building a SRTS program at the schools. These recommendations can be the basis for grants and/or improvements initiated by the schools, school districts, local governments, and various organizations.

The Safe Routes to School Resource Center is a federally-funded project of the South Carolina Department of Transportation that provides education, encouragement, and planning support to over 400 school partners throughout South Carolina that partner with the Resource Center. Services and materials are provided at no cost to K-8th grade schools and their communities.

Contact the Resource Center’s School Outreach Coordinators or go to SCSafeRoutes.org for more information about events, materials, and opportunities to participate.

Communities Celebrate Safety with 6th Annual SC Walk and Roll to School Day!

March, 2017

The Sixth Annual South Carolina Walk to School Day (SCWTSD) is Wednesday, March 8, 2017.

Organized by the South Carolina Department of Transportation’s (SCDOT) Safe Routes to School Resource Center, South Carolina Walk to School Day will be held Wednesday, March 8th. The event is part of a broader effort by communities across the state to provide students with more opportunities to walk and bike to school safely. Walk to School events also encourage physical activity among children, emphasize concern for the environment, and build connections between schools and the surrounding communities.

International Walk to School Day (also known as “iWalk”) is a popular South Carolina tradition in October when hundreds of schools participate with walking and bicycling events. SC Walk and Roll to School Day mirrors iWalk and provides schools and communities an opportunity to join SCDOT in kicking off the spring season. So far, Safe Routes to School has almost 200 schools registered for SC Walk and Roll to School Day. Events may take place throughout March and registration will remain open at www.scsaferoutes.org.

The Resource Center staff and its community partners are encouraging schools to celebrate their “Safety Super Heroes” during this year’s SC Walk and Roll events. Heroes may include law enforcement personnel, crossing guards, educators, community advocates, parents, and students. Schools will promote safe pedestrian and bicycle skills, encourage students to dress as super heroes, provide safety and super-hero themed education programs, and recognize the people that make walking and bicycling safer.

The SC Safe Routes to School Resource Center is a federally-funded project of SCDOT that provides education, encouragement, and planning support to schools throughout South Carolina that partner with the Resource Center. Services and materials are provided at no cost to K-8th grade schools and their communities. Contact the Resource Center’s School Outreach Coordinators or go to SCSafeRoutes.org for more information about events, materials, and opportunities to participate. You can learn more about the SC Safe Routes to School Program by contacting Rodney Oldham at 803-737-4073 or oldhamr@scdot.org

South Carolina Schools to Celebrate 20th International Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016

October, 2016

South Carolina schools will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of International Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016.

Students from across the state will be walking and rolling to school along with parents, teachers, and community leaders. To help celebrate the 20th anniversary, the National Safe Routes to School Center is working with the US Department of Transportation’s Mayors Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets to encourage mayors nationwide to participate with schools on October 5th and throughout October.

In South Carolina, more than 230 schools are already registered to participate with a variety of events, including walk to school and walk at school events at schools located where it is too far or unsafe to walk.  More schools are expected to register throughout October.  Events are supported by the South Carolina Safe Routes to School Resource Center, a federally-funded project of the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Nationwide, International Walk to School Day is expected to be celebrated at over 4,000 events at participating schools. And walkers from the U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

Walk to School events work to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasize the importance of increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the environment and building connections between families, schools and the broader community.

For additional local information, please contact the Resource Center at 855.4SC.SRTS or info@scsaferoutes.org

SC SRTS Resource Center Hosts Second Annual Statewide SRTS Forum

June, 2016

COLUMBIA - The Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) Resource Center held their Second Annual Statewide Forum on Thursday, June 9, 2016. The event was held at Irmo Middle School from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm with more than 80 people registered from around the state.

Ian Lockwood of Toole Design Group (Photo by Rob Thompson, SCDOT)Participants heard from SRTS champions, bicycle and pedestrian advocates, SCDOT officials, and public health professionals. Plenary and breakout sessions covered topics such as bicycle and pedestrian safety, ways to encourage walking and bicycling to and from school, and infrastructure planning and strategies. While attendees enjoyed lunch, Ian Lockwood, P.E., provided the keynote presentation. Mr. Lockwood is a recognized national leader in sustainable transportation policy and urban design. Based in Toole Design Group’s Orlando office, Ian’s current work includes walkability projects, restoring one-way streets to two-way, taming arterials, shared spaces, policy reform, and designing main streets, campuses, and downtowns.  

Presentations and complete details about the Forum are available at:  http://www.scsaferoutes.org/events/forum   

The Safe Routes to School Resource Center is a federally-funded project of the South Carolina Department of Transportation. It provides hands-on education, promotional, and planning support to partnered schools throughout South Carolina in order to enable and encourage children to walk and ride bicycles. Services and materials are provided at no cost to K-8th grade schools and their communities.

For more information about the SRTS Forum, other events, materials, and opportunities to participate in SRTS programs, contact the Resource Center’s School Outreach Coordinators, or go to www.SCSafeRoutes.org.

For additional information about SCDOT’s SRTS programs, please contact Rodney Oldham, SCDOT Safe Routes to School State Coordinator at oldhamr@scdot.org

Photo of Ian Lockwood by Rob Thompson, SCDOT

South Carolina Safe Routes to School and its Resource Center Award Planning Assistance to Three Schools

April, 2016

Columbia, SC – SC Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and its Resource Center announced today that three schools in South Carolina have been awarded Action Plan Assistance: Alice Drive Elementary School in Sumter, Pepperhill Elementary in North Charleston, and Ocean Drive Elementary in North Myrtle Beach. School Outreach Coordinators with the Resource Center will begin working with the selected schools immediately to collect the necessary data for the planning assistance process. This fall, the SRTS Action Plan Assistance process will bring together key stakeholders to collaborate and identify what the needs are and how to improve walking and biking conditions at all three schools. Interested parties are encouraged to participate.

SRTS action plans include strategies which incorporate the Five E's of Safe Routes to SchoolEducationEncouragementEnforcement and Evaluation activities, as well as Engineering recommendations for physical changes to sidewalks, roadway crossings, and trails leading to campus. Ideas and recommendations developed during the Action Planning Assistance process will assist in creating a well-balanced approach to building a SRTS program at the schools. These recommendations can be the basis for grants and/or improvements initiated by the schools, school districts, local governments, and various organizations.

The Safe Routes to School Resource Center is a federally-funded project of the South Carolina Department of Transportation that provides education, encouragement, and planning support to over 400 school partners throughout South Carolina that partner with the Resource Center. Services and materials are provided at no cost to K-8th grade schools and their communities.

Contact the Resource Center’s School Outreach Coordinators or go to SCSafeRoutes.org for more information about events, materials, and opportunities to participate.

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