An analytical review of child mobility assessments for school site programs

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General Information
Solicitation Number: 1126
Status: End Solicitation Phase
Date Posted: Jul 20, 2006
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014
Solicitation Expires: Jul 20, 2007
Partners: AK, FL, MS, TX, WA, WI
Lead Organization: Washington State Department of Transportation
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2007
Commitment End Year: 2012
100% SP&R Approval: Pending Approval
Commitments Required: $60,000.00
Commitments Received: $170,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Charlotte Claybrooke
claybrc@wsdot.wa.gov
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2010 $20,000.00 Steven Soenksen Steven Soenksen 907-465-4069 steve.soenksen@alaska.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Pat Pieratte Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2008 $10,000.00 Pat Pieratte Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2009 $10,000.00 Pat Pieratte Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2010 $10,000.00 Pat Pieratte Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2009 $10,000.00 Cookie Leffler James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2010 $10,000.00 Cookie Leffler James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Texas Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Debra Vermillion Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2008 $10,000.00 Debra Vermillion Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2010 $10,000.00 Debra Vermillion Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2011 $10,000.00 Debra Vermillion Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Charlotte Claybrooke Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2008 $10,000.00 Charlotte Claybrooke Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2009 $10,000.00 Charlotte Claybrooke Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2009 $10,000.00 Renee Callaway Lori Richter 608-264-8435 lori.richter@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2011 $10,000.00 Renee Callaway Lori Richter 608-264-8435 lori.richter@dot.wi.gov

Background

Thirty years ago, nearly 90% of children who lived within a mile of school used active transportation (i.e., walking or bicycling) as their primary mode of travel (USDOT, 1972). In recent years, the rate of active transport to schools has declined dramatically. Traffic volumes and speed associated with school environments have worsened over the past decades. Increasing numbers of children being driven to schools by their caretakers has contributed to worsening traffic congestion and increases in obesity and respiratory diseases related to poor air quality.

Consensus is developing across the nation to reverse these trends by allowing children to walk and bike to and from school. This project would serve the development of programs to help prioritize and select safety enhancement projects around schools.

Objectives

1) Assess different mechanisms for determining the number of children walking and biking to school on a statewide basis.

2) Establish the most efficient and effective methods to obtain statewide benchmarks of the number of children walking and biking to school.

3) Evaluate the similarities in the results to determine how community characteristics impact walking and biking to school.

4) Create guidance to make better funding decisions for the Safe Routes to School Program.

Scope of Work

Since this work has never been done before on this scale, the project involves an investigation to establish what needs to be done and exactly how to do it. At a minimum it will include a study, using a representative sample, to assess the number of children walking and biking to school in at least one state. Other methods to assess the number of children walking and biking to school may include the use of questions on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the National Household Travel Survey and other tools prioritized by participating states. The methodologies and results of the work will be shared and the different mechanisms for determining the number of children walking and biking to school will be compared. Specific methods analyzed and the size of the study depends on the number of participating states and the annual funding available. The work will be conducted in two phases which include:

Phase I will cost $60,000 and will include research to identify the academic evidence and best practices in the participating states. The initial investigation will provide for a literature review and a learning phase where the key stakeholders will share information about their past/planned assessment methods and results. It will include an assessment, in at least one state, of the numbers of children walking and biking to school using a representative sample. Status: Expected to be completed in 2008

Phase II funding is not included in this solicitation, but will involve an integrated study of processes. It will compare the different techniques to assess the number of children walking and biking to school to determine the best most efficient mechanism to conduct a statewide assessment. A trend analysis will be conducted to identify similarities in the findings. In a limited number of cases an assessment will be used to identify patterns that will provide guidance for Safe Routes to School funding decisions. Those case studies will be analyzed for variables such as the jurisdictions involved; the geographic location (e.g., urban, suburban, or rural areas); (cities and school districts); collision history; transportation facilities; classification of existing remediation measures (e.g., enforcement, safety education programs, etc.); and corresponding student population (e.g., elementary, middle and high school) by age and by total number. Status: Will be starting in 2008, based on available funding.

Model results will serve to develop a guide for the future selection of SRTS programs based on the similarity of the findings between the participating states. This research will enhance future SRTS programs at the local, state and national levels.

Comments

Washington, Texas and Florida have committed to two years in the pooled fund and are contributing financially, as well as providing technical assistance. California is planning on joining this fiscal year. The addition of four more states will fully fund all phases of this project. Other states have expressed interest.

The minimum target amount of funding requested by the participating states should be $10,000 per year for two years.

No document attached.

An analytical review of child mobility assessments for school site programs

General Information
Solicitation Number: 1126
Status: End Solicitation Phase
Date Posted: Jul 20, 2006
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2014
Solicitation Expires: Jul 20, 2007
Partners: AK, FL, MS, TX, WA, WI
Lead Organization: Washington State Department of Transportation
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2007
Commitment End Year: 2012
100% SP&R Approval: Pending Approval
Commitments Required: $60,000.00
Commitments Received: $170,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Charlotte Claybrooke
claybrc@wsdot.wa.gov
Commitments by Organizations
Agency Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities 2010 $20,000.00 Steven Soenksen Steven Soenksen 907-465-4069 steve.soenksen@alaska.gov
Florida Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Pat Pieratte Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2008 $10,000.00 Pat Pieratte Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2009 $10,000.00 Pat Pieratte Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Florida Department of Transportation 2010 $10,000.00 Pat Pieratte Patti Brannon 850-414-4616 patti.brannon@dot.state.fl.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2009 $10,000.00 Cookie Leffler James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2010 $10,000.00 Cookie Leffler James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Texas Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Debra Vermillion Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2008 $10,000.00 Debra Vermillion Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2010 $10,000.00 Debra Vermillion Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Texas Department of Transportation 2011 $10,000.00 Debra Vermillion Ned Mattila 512-416-4727 ned.mattila@txdot.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2007 $10,000.00 Charlotte Claybrooke Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2008 $10,000.00 Charlotte Claybrooke Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov
Washington State Department of Transportation 2009 $10,000.00 Charlotte Claybrooke Tim Carlile 360-705-7975 carlilt@wsdot.wa.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2009 $10,000.00 Renee Callaway Lori Richter 608-264-8435 lori.richter@dot.wi.gov
Wisconsin Department of Transportation 2011 $10,000.00 Renee Callaway Lori Richter 608-264-8435 lori.richter@dot.wi.gov

Background

Thirty years ago, nearly 90% of children who lived within a mile of school used active transportation (i.e., walking or bicycling) as their primary mode of travel (USDOT, 1972). In recent years, the rate of active transport to schools has declined dramatically. Traffic volumes and speed associated with school environments have worsened over the past decades. Increasing numbers of children being driven to schools by their caretakers has contributed to worsening traffic congestion and increases in obesity and respiratory diseases related to poor air quality.

Consensus is developing across the nation to reverse these trends by allowing children to walk and bike to and from school. This project would serve the development of programs to help prioritize and select safety enhancement projects around schools.

Objectives

1) Assess different mechanisms for determining the number of children walking and biking to school on a statewide basis.

2) Establish the most efficient and effective methods to obtain statewide benchmarks of the number of children walking and biking to school.

3) Evaluate the similarities in the results to determine how community characteristics impact walking and biking to school.

4) Create guidance to make better funding decisions for the Safe Routes to School Program.

Scope of Work

Since this work has never been done before on this scale, the project involves an investigation to establish what needs to be done and exactly how to do it. At a minimum it will include a study, using a representative sample, to assess the number of children walking and biking to school in at least one state. Other methods to assess the number of children walking and biking to school may include the use of questions on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the National Household Travel Survey and other tools prioritized by participating states. The methodologies and results of the work will be shared and the different mechanisms for determining the number of children walking and biking to school will be compared. Specific methods analyzed and the size of the study depends on the number of participating states and the annual funding available. The work will be conducted in two phases which include:

Phase I will cost $60,000 and will include research to identify the academic evidence and best practices in the participating states. The initial investigation will provide for a literature review and a learning phase where the key stakeholders will share information about their past/planned assessment methods and results. It will include an assessment, in at least one state, of the numbers of children walking and biking to school using a representative sample. Status: Expected to be completed in 2008

Phase II funding is not included in this solicitation, but will involve an integrated study of processes. It will compare the different techniques to assess the number of children walking and biking to school to determine the best most efficient mechanism to conduct a statewide assessment. A trend analysis will be conducted to identify similarities in the findings. In a limited number of cases an assessment will be used to identify patterns that will provide guidance for Safe Routes to School funding decisions. Those case studies will be analyzed for variables such as the jurisdictions involved; the geographic location (e.g., urban, suburban, or rural areas); (cities and school districts); collision history; transportation facilities; classification of existing remediation measures (e.g., enforcement, safety education programs, etc.); and corresponding student population (e.g., elementary, middle and high school) by age and by total number. Status: Will be starting in 2008, based on available funding.

Model results will serve to develop a guide for the future selection of SRTS programs based on the similarity of the findings between the participating states. This research will enhance future SRTS programs at the local, state and national levels.

Comments

Washington, Texas and Florida have committed to two years in the pooled fund and are contributing financially, as well as providing technical assistance. California is planning on joining this fiscal year. The addition of four more states will fully fund all phases of this project. Other states have expressed interest.

The minimum target amount of funding requested by the participating states should be $10,000 per year for two years.

No document attached.

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