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Walking and Wheeling Toolkit Section C

Section C


References and Resources

Prioritizing Planned Improvements
Designing Walking Route Maps
Traffic Calming Techniques
Additional Funding Sources
Additional SRTS Resources


Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Departments

Federal Highway Administration

Florida Department of Transportation, State Safety Office

Institute of Transportation Engineers

iWalk.  International Walk to School in the USA.

Marin County Safe Routes to Schools.  Marin County Bicycle Coalition: PO Box 201, Forest Knolls, CA 94933.

The Michigan Safe Routes to School Handbook.  Developed and produced by the Michigan Fitness Foundation, Michigan Department of Transportation, and United States Federal Highway Administration. Contact the Michigan Fitness Foundation, P.O. Box 27187, Lansing, Michigan, 48909, www.saferoutesmichigan.org, for copies of the Michigan Safe Routes to School Handbook and for all questions concerning use of the Handbook materials.

National Center for Safe Routes to School


Washington State Department of Transportation

Prioritizing Planned Improvements

As you are going through your planning process and needs assessment, you may notice that you have many great ideas for improvements in your area.  You may feel overwhelmed by the many options.  Rate these planned improvements on several factors, including: cost, feasibility, possible benefit, and timetable.  Once you have done this, it will make it easier for you to pinpoint which improvements will give you the most benefit for the least cost and in the shortest amount of time.  It is always a good idea to tackle a few easy projects firsts.  This will give you early success stories and will help you build momentum and interest in your program.

Designing Walking Route Maps

Choosing the best walking route for children to take to school and designing a map for that route can seem like a daunting task.  Perform your walkability assessment first, and you will have a good idea of the best routes in your area.  There are many resources available to help you create a walking route map.  The Washington State Department of Transportation has developed an excellent guidebook.  To access this guide, click here.   The National Center for Safe Routes to School also has helpful planning tools to aid you as you develop your walking route map.

Traffic Calming Techniques

Traffic calming techniques can be as simple as adding flashing beacons and signage to the roads bordering your school, or they can be as complicated as engineering roundabouts and street narrowing.  For more information about traffic calming, please use the resources below.

Traffic Calming.org

Federal Highway Administration

Institute of Transportation Engineers

Additional Funding Sources

Federal Highway Administration Recreational Trails Program

Federal Highway Administration Transportation Enhancement

Community Development Block Grant Program

Bikes Belong Coalition

The Kodak American Greenways Awards Program

WalMart Foundation

Arkansas Community Foundation

Additional SRTS Resources

National Safe Routes to School Website   

Safe Routes to School National Partnership  

National Transportation Safety and Highway Administration SRTS Site

CDC Pedestrian Safety

Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas

ProWalk/ProBike Conference

The National Center for Bicycling and Walking  

University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension, Bike Safety

Arkansas Department of Health

Arkansas Department of Education

Arkansas Children’s Hospital


Arkansas Center for Health Improvement





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