Learning Objectives: 1. Describe how a GIS can improve communication and decision making for stakeholder’s during project planning. 2. Recognize the benefits of utilizing a GIS for improving an existing, or implementing a new, Safe Routes to School Program. 3. Identify infrastructure deficiencies with a GIS that could impact Safe Routes to School programs or other capital improvement projects.
Session Description: Safe Routes to School programs are vital tools that encourage students to walk or bike to school while minimizing risks by identifying the safest route possible. Identifying these routes, however, requires the use of a variety of diverse datasets including sidewalks, crosswalks, and traffic data. In some cases, this data is not easily available. It may be scattered across different departments making it difficult to obtain, or the data could simply not exist. When this data is compiled in a meaningful and impactful way, it can offer far reaching insights. The diversity of data used to create an effective Safe Routes to School program can identify opportunities for improvements to public infrastructure and safety that may not have been previously considered.