Safe Routes to School Plan

Dilworth - Glyndon - Felton

 

Safe Routes to School Background

 

Safe Routes to School is a nationwide endeavor with the aim of making it safer for students to walk and bike to school and encourage more walking and biking where safety is not a barrier.  In 1969 48% of children walked or biked to school.  Within one generation only 17% of students walked or biked to school nationally.

Walking and biking to school has many benefits including student health, reduced traffic congestion near/at schools, and improved student concentration & learning.

 

Plan Background & Objective

 

The Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (DGF) Safe Routes to School Plan is a cooperative effort involving the DGF School District, the Cities of Dilworth & Glyndon, PartnerSHIP 4 Health, and Metro COG.  With the new changes to both the Dilworth and Glyndon schools this plan will take into consideration the new school site designs and the change in student demographics attending each school.

This plan will look at the existing conditions such as existing roadway/sidewalk/crosswalk/sign infrastructure, existing policies, demographic information, and more.  To further obtain issues and opportunities for walking/biking improvement, this plan will also involve public engagement which will include surveys, public open houses, and other input opportunities.  

The study team will observe student arrival and dismissal to determine which improvements should be considered to make walking and biking to/from school safer and more inviting.

Ultimately a final report will be developed which will include identified issues, and recommendations that can be used by the school district and local jurisdictions to make non-motorized travel to/from school safer and more attractive for students.

 

Plan Timeline

 

·         July 2022 – Plan kickoff

·         Sept/Oct 2022 – Public open houses, surveys, onsite observations

·         Oct 2022 - Feb 2023 - Plan development

·         March 2023 – Final plan complete

·         April 2023 – Final plan adopted