The City of Hood River is working with partners to create a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plan that identifies street improvements near May Street Elementary School and Hood River Middle School to support students and families in walking and rolling to school safely.
We need your help to make the Hood River SRTS Plan a success. Please share your experiences traveling to school and your ideas for reducing barriers for students walking and rolling. You can participate in several ways:
• Share feedback using our interactive online map.
Tell us about your experiences getting to and from school using our interactive online map. Your feedback will inform where we should prioritize safety improvements. By sharing your feedback, you’ll be entered to win a walking or rolling safety pack ($50 value).
Link to the online map: http://odotsrtsprojectid.com/
The City of Hood River was recently awarded a Safe Routes to School Planning Grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). Through this program, the City, Hood River County School District, Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation, Columbia Area Transit, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, and ODOT are working together to create a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Plan. The SRTS Plan will also recommend opportunities for education and engagement to promote walking and rolling to school. Planners from Alta Planning + Design, an active transportation consulting firm, is guiding the planning process.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the SRTS Planning Process will take place in two phases. During the first phase in Spring 2021, the project team will collaborate remotely to identify and prioritize safety needs within a mile of the school. During the second phase, in Fall 2021, the team will host a community meeting and walk audit to observe student arrival or dismissal. The team and community members will document the walking and rolling conditions around the school area. During phase 2, the team will identify additional SRTS construction, education, and engagement recommendations. If necessary, all observations may happen in a physically-distanced manner, and in-person meetings will be contingent on health and safety guidance at that time.
• Join us for a school walk audit and community meeting in Fall 2021.
During the second phase of the SRTS planning process in Fall 2021, the team will host community meetings and walk audits at each school and observe student arrival or dismissal to document the walking and rolling conditions around the school area. More information will be available this summer.
Please contact Jonathan Skloven-Gill (City of Hood River) if you have any questions.
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