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Do you have a success story about how Safe Routes to School has impacted your school or community? We are always looking for stories to share and to inspire the Safe Routes community. If you have a Safe Routes success story to share, please send us the information at <SafeRoutes@nt.dot.state.il.us>.


Success Stories Page Index
Village of Matteson Bike Rodeo, May 2011
Des Plaines Increases Walking by 16% and Biking by 4% through Safe Routes to School!
Creating Park and Walk Programs in Champaign Urbana
Illinois Fourth Graders Learn to be Safe Bike Drivers: League of Illinois Bicyclists Uses Safe Routes to School Grant to Distribute Safety Sheet
Bicycle Rodeo in Lena - Volunteers Making a Difference
Mount Prospect Success Story - Crossing Guards, Student Patrol and Personal Safety Training Programs
National Center for Physical Activity and Disability Pilots Program at Solomon School
Children's Hospital of Central Illinois SRTS Train the Trainer
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? To Bring Attention to Mahomet's Safe Routes to School Program!
Champaign Urbana Partners with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District to Train School and Community Audiences about Safe Routes
Champaign-Urbana Crossing Guard Appreciation Program
Wilmette Continues Successful "Caught Being Good" Program
Maryville Institutes Walk to School Wednesdays!
Plano Walk to School Day Success Story & Video
Collaboration key to community’s SRTS program - Machesney Park
Finding SRTS opportunities for children with disabilities - National Center for Physical Activity and Disability
Building Sidewalks in Maryville
Big Plans in Sherman Illinois




Village of Matteson Bike Rodeo, May 2011
May 21, 2011

This is a great story from the Village of Matteson, showing wondeful collaboration between Safe Routes events and local businesses. Please click HERE  to read their story and see photos of the event!

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Des Plaines Increases Walking by 16% and Biking by 4% through Safe Routes to School!
Friday, September 10, 2010

In early 2007, the City of Des Plaines partnered with Central School and School District 62 on a pilot Safe Routes to School program that could serve as a model for other schools within the City. Central School was selected as the pilot school for a number of reasons, not the least of which were the motivated school principal and parents.

Central School is a traditional elementary school situated within and adjacent to the residential areas it serves. Over half of the students live within a half-mile of the school and nearly 90% live within a mile. However, the walking rate was low and the police department and school constantly struggled with the frustrating and unsafe vehicle traffic jams each morning and afternoon as parents dropped-off and picked-up their children.

Since the launch of the pilot program, the City/School partnership has employed relatively standard measures for encouraging walking, which are detailed below. The major infrastructure improvements around the school are still to be implemented. And yet the results of the preliminary safe routes efforts, as evidenced by a recent travel survey, have been impressive.

For more information, please click HERE .


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Creating Park and Walk Programs in Champaign Urbana
Friday, September 10, 2010

The following success story was submitted by Rose Hudson, one of the leaders of the C-U SRTS Project. She and Cynthia Hoyle have been the driving force behind Safe Routes in Champaign-Urbana, and have worked diligently to create a strong coalition of supporters in the community. This story is specifically focused on the creation of Park and Walk programs in the Districts.

For more information, please click HERE . If you have any questions, or would like additional information, please contact: Rose M. Hudson, C-U Safe Routes to School Project Co-Chair at hudsonx4@aol.com, or visit the website at www.cu-srtsproject.com.



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Illinois Fourth Graders Learn to be Safe Bike Drivers: League of Illinois Bicyclists Uses Safe Routes to School Grant to Distribute Safety Sheet
Tuesday, August 17, 2010

More than 200,000 children, and their families, are more knowledgeable about bike safety and biking safer thanks to a Safe Routes to School grant distributed by the Illinois Department of Transportation to LIB. For more information, including how you can access these educational materials, please click HERE !

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Bicycle Rodeo in Lena - Volunteers Making a Difference
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lena was awarded a SRTS Infrastructure project in the 2007 funding cycle. In order to ensure the success of Safe Routes in Lena, the community came together to hold a bicycle rodeo. Click HERE  for more information!

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Mount Prospect Success Story - Crossing Guards, Student Patrol and Personal Safety Training Programs
Friday, October 23, 2009

In 2008, the Village of Mount Prospect and Community Consolidated School District 59 was
notified of receiving awards for non-engineering projects totaling $4,200 through the Safe Routes to School Program to fund the adult crossing guard program, the student patrol program, and personal safety program for students and
parents of the school district.

To read a report on their successful program, and to get ideas about strategies that may help your community, please click HERE .

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National Center for Physical Activity and Disability Pilots Program at Solomon School
May 1, 2009

The National Center for Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is implementing a Illinois Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School Program (SRTS) program that will include children of all abilities. NCPAD has partnered with Solomon School, a Chicago Public School to pilot an inclusive SRTS programs in Illinois.

Please click HERE  for a full report on the recent SRTS activity day that NCPAD held at Solomon School.

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Children's Hospital of Central Illinois SRTS Train the Trainer
March 30, 2009

Subject: Children’s Hospital of Illinois trains ten central Illinois schools on bike and pedestrian safety programming March 31 and April 1, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(April 13, 2009) In 2007 Children’s Hospital of Illinois Advocacy Department submitted a grant proposal to the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School program. The proposal requested $50,000 to create a bike and pedestrian train the trainer grant program for schools in Central Illinois. This program would provide ten school teams in Central Illinois with a monetary grant of $2500.00, a tool kit with bike and pedestrian safety equipment, teaching materials, and promotional supplies, along with supplemental lesson plans aligned with Illinois State Standards.

In November 2008 Children’s Hospital of Illinois notified all schools in Central Illinois of the available grant. Ten schools from Central Illinois were award the grant and those schools are: Astoria Elementary School, Astoria, IL; Bushnell Prairie City Elementary School, Bushnell, IL; Harristown Elementary School, Harristown, IL; Illiopolis Elementary School, Illiopolis, IL; Lostant School, Lostant, IL; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Urbana, IL; Mahomet Seymour School District, Mahomet, IL; Norwood Primary School, Peoria, IL; Roosevelt Elementary School, Moline, IL; St. Patrick School, Washington, IL.

The ten schools were trained on bike and pedestrian programming on Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2009 at Bike Safety Town in Peoria, IL. The training focused on using the Five E’s of injury prevention to implement Safe Routes concepts into their schools. All five E’s were explained in detail through lecture and activities. School teams developed an evaluation and work plan to take back to their schools and start implementing the program.

The grant implementation by the schools is April 1, 2009 through January 30, 2010. This timeline will allow the schools to coordinate events in both spring and fall, while educating in the classroom year round. The materials provided in the tool kits and lesson plans may be used to continue the program after the grant cycle is completed by the schools.

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For a pdf of this press release, click HERE .

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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? To Bring Attention to Mahomet's Safe Routes to School Program!
Monday, February 9, 2009



Capturing Media Attention for SRTS in a Small Town - Mahomet, IL

Last spring, Mahomet’s Safe Routes To School captured the attention of local news station WCIA/3 with a unique media stunt. Using tips from a Coaching Action Network Webinar (hosted by America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes to School) Mahomet’s Safe Routes To School movement spun into motion generating what marketing experts call a “buzz.”

To learn more about this exciting event, please click HERE .



For more GREAT pictures, click HERE .

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Champaign Urbana Partners with the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District to Train School and Community Audiences about Safe Routes
Monday, February 2, 2009

C-U SRTS Project has successfully partnered with various community organizations and businesses to leverage its IDOT SRTS Community Education Grant thereby gaining more media coverage than the original $25,500.00 grant could purchase. The grant was awarded in 2008 to: “Train School and Community Audiences about Safe Routes to School.”

C-U SRTS Project has had major support in developing a successful SRTS program since 2004 from the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (CUMTD). CUMTD has contributed considerable staff support, in-kind contributions such as copying, and interior advertising space for International Walk To School Day events. CUMTD has been a leader in the community in advocating for pedestrian and bicycle issues and safety.

The Project approached the CUMTD about the opportunity to put pedestrian safety messages on bus boards on the exterior of buses in the spring of 2009. CUMTD responded by offering the expertise of its marketing director to help design ads based on copy provided through:
• Federal Highway Administration’s Pedestrian Safety Campaign (http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/local_program/pedcampaign), and
• National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Speed Campaign Toolkit (http://www.nhtsa.gov/speed/toolkit/index.cfm)

Four bus board designs were developed. The Project paid for the production of 8 signs, two for each message, and the CUMTD will place the bus boards on buses when ad space is not being used by paying customers. This has saved the Project thousands of dollars and given us the opportunity to disseminate our pedestrians and SRTS safety message widely within the community.

To see the different bus boards, click HERE , or HERE  or HERE .

The Project was able to create a similar partnership with a local billboard company, Adams Outdoor Advertising, to expand coverage with our billboard campaign. The Project paid for the production of the billboard ad itself that is a two-sided reusable vinyl product. The Project paid the monthly rental fee for 4 billboards and Adams donated 4 additional months for those locations. The ad was adapted from the NHTSA Speed Campaign Toolkit and staff at Adams assisted with the alterations for our local school zone campaign. This enabled the Project to have eight months worth of billboard advertising at 4 different locations throughout the community.



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Champaign-Urbana Crossing Guard Appreciation Program
Friday, January 30, 2009

As part of our C-U SRTS Project grant, we developed a Crossing Guard Appreciation program. With this program, schools can nominate their crossing guard to receive recognition through presentation of a Certificate of Appreciation, a gift card to a local restaurant and their picture in our monthly newspaper ad. We are using this program to again draw awareness to pedestrian and school zone safety. We use this along with our Billboard advertising as well as our BusBoards on our local CU MTD buses. All of these media awareness ads are used to bring the awareness to the community as a whole on pedestrian safety for our children.

To see the December 2008 ad, click HERE .

To see the January 2009 ad, click HERE .

To see the April 2009 ad, click HERE .

To see the nomination form, click HERE .

For more information, please contact:

Rose M. Hudson, project co-chair
C-U SRTS Project
217-398-4206
cu-srtsproject.com


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Wilmette Continues Successful "Caught Being Good" Program
Wednesday, January 14, 2008

Wilmette has generously shared examples of their successful Caught Being Good program. With the assistance of the Police Department and local merchants, Wilmette has instituted a summer-time program where police officers who "catch" students wearing their bike helmets can provide that student with a coupon redeemable for a summer treat.

This is a great program and a wonderful way to involve everyone in safe cycling!

HERE  is a sample press release.

HERE  is a sample letter to merchants, requesting participation.

HERE  is a sample survey that they send to merchants who have participated.

HERE  is a sample of the coupon that they provide to the Wilmette Police Department to hand out to those children "caught" wearing their helmets!

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Maryville Institutes Walk to School Wednesdays!
Friday, November 14, 2008

Successful Walking Program at Maryville Elementary School in Maryville, Illinois!

Because the majority of parent surveys cited safety concerns as the number one reason children are not encouraged to walk, the Safe Routes Committee decided to try scheduling specific days where groups of children could be chaperoned by adults as they walk to school. The first event was scheduled at the end of the 2007/2008 school year as a test to gauge families’ reception to the idea. The walk was attended by approximately 100 children, which was a great start!

For the 2008/2009 School Year, Maryville Elementary instituted “Walk to School Day” on the first Wednesday of each month. Five drop-off points have been designated around town; adult volunteers and Village Officials are at each drop-off to chaperone the children on their walk to school. Upon arrival at school, walkers are served a healthy snack of granola bars. This program is not currently funded with outside funds.

Our Walk to School Days have been a resounding success with kids and parents alike. The children eagerly anticipate the event each month, with approximately 150 kids and 15 to 20 adult volunteers participating at each walk so far!

Due to the great response, the Principal of the school has decided to implement a “Frequent Walkers Club” this spring. Children will receive a punch card to document how many times they walk to school (opportunities to walk around the playground will also be given during recess time) and children will receive a reward for filling their cards.

Maryville is planning to seek outside funding for the Frequent Walkers Club in the future.

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Plano Walk to School Day Success Story & Video
Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Plano Middle School, which has an enrollment of 308 students, had approximately 200 students participate in making this event a success. The School District had busses drop bus riders at a good distance from school to enable them to participate also. Plano Police Department, City Aldermen, Teachers and other volunteers were on hand to encourage the students and have safe street crossing on the route to school. Donations of specially made stickers, bottled water and snack bars were given to the students who participated in the walk to school. Everyone involved had a great time, so next year we are planning to involve all schools K-8 to make this an even bigger event.

For a look at Plano's Walk to School Day, please visit:

http://www.reapernation.com/08Walk.html



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Collaboration key to community’s SRTS program - Machesney Park

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Finding SRTS opportunities for children with disabilities - National Center for Physical Activity and Disability

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Building Sidewalks in Maryville

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Big Plans in Sherman Illinois

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