City of Wauwatosa Safe Routes to School / National Walk to School Day
October 4th is National Walk to School Day. Organized by the National Center for Safe Routes to School, this event provides the opportunity for communities to foster and promote active and safe transportation, specifically walking and biking. Over 5,100 schools across the country participate in this annual event.
Local communities here in Wisconsin see the value in supporting the development of safe walking paths to promote walking and biking among students and community members.
Symbiont’s GIS team is currently working with the City of Wauwatosa’s Safe Routes to School program to implement an innovative and data driven approach to identifying and mapping safe walking routes around school areas. The final result of this initiative will be an interactive Geographic Information System (GIS) application (app) to allow the community to easily identify safe “walkable” routes to schools.
To develop this app, mobile GIS is being utilized in the field to inventory and characterize the City’s street crossing infrastructure.
Desktop analysis is being utilized to understand student resident distributions, traffic volumes, and other factors in generating safer routes to schools. An interactive GIS application is being developed to provide the public with access to identifying safer routes for each school.
How are you celebrating National Walk to School Day? Check out the National Center for Safe Routes to School website for more information and to see if your community is participating in this event.