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Individualized Safe Routes to Schools

Build a Safe Route to School plan by starting with each individual student and then aggregating the solutions into a schoolwide set.

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Determining the best mode and route to school can easily be done by starting with the home address of each student. As solutions for each student get built, they can be combined to create a set of solutions for the school. For instance, if there are three kids on the same block within walking distance of the school, they become a "walking train" perhaps with parents taking turns accompanying them. In another area, the kids may meetup on bicycles to travel together. Others may need bus service, while still others may be able to use IndyGo or carpooling.

These solutions provide safety for the students, as well as some accountability for  getting to school.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

The pilot should include a variety of schools (urban and suburban; elementary, middle and high; public, charter, and private) to see if there are differences in the approaches. Ultimately, every student in central Indiana could be a part of a Safe Route to School system.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Bike Indianapolis,, will work with other organizations and school officials at the selected pilot schools.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Funding Request

  • $25,000

Rough Budget (500 characters)

The funds required for this effort are to pay for a lead consultant who will coordinate and manage the development of these routes. Others involved will be volunteers or the tasks will fall within their work responsibilities.

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We will recruit interested schools and select in order to get a variety of school types. At a minimum we want 6 schools so we have urban and suburban and a mix of school types and student ages.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Success should be measured by cost of solution compared to current transportation plan as well as attendance changes and attitudes toward coming to school for students and parents.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

The SRTS consultant could become a permanent part of the school districts or be a position within the Mayor's office or Bike Indianapolis. Funding would have to be provided by grants and/or the school systems involved.

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Hey Damon Richards , I am MaCie' one of the facilitators here! Thank you for participating in the challenge! I really like this idea, it makes finding alternative routes for parents simpler. Your partnership with the Bike Indianapolis would they be providing students with bikes? Some other good partnerships to consider are Nine13, IMPD, YMCA, and Boys and Girls Club, City of Indianapolis, Thriving School Challenge, Earth Charter Indiana, and Health by Design.