Summary of Johnson County Safe Routes to School Program

Johnson County, KS

Contact Information

Organization: Johnson County, KS
Contact person: Nicole Brown
Title: Chronic Disease Prog Coor
Phone: (913) 477-8331
E-mail: nicole.brown@jocogov.org
Organization address: 11875 s sunset #300
  Olathe, KS    66061


Pre-Application Information

PA Project title/name: Johnson County Safe Routes to School Program
PA Agency type: County
PA Agency Name: Johnson County, KS
PA Primary project mode: Bike/Pedestrian
PA Secondary project mode: --Select--
PA Project type: Non-Motorized Transportation - SRTS Non-Infrastructure
PA Project description: SRTS education/encouragement programs will reduce families’ reliance on school bussing and private vehicle trips to/from school. This project continues existing Safe Routes to School non-infrastructure funding currently being provided by BikeWalkKC and planned to transition to Johnson County Department of Health and Environment in Federal Fiscal Year 2021. It includes Youth Bicycle Education and walking school bus programs at K-12 school sites, technical assistance and student travel planning for schools and school districts, and other outreach and encouragement events. The primary audience is K-12 school students. This level of funding represents a continuation of the current scope occurring across the county (approximately 10-15 schools per semester and 2-3 school districts per semester
PA Connected KC 2050 Project Number: Yes
PA Connected KC 2050 underlying strategies selected
PA Strategies Description: The program focuses on schools in the urban core and first ring suburbs, where many school sites are still in or near neighborhood centers of activity and established corridors. Reducing VMT from car traffic is critical to draw down what is now our region’s number one source of greenhouse gas emissions. It is also important for improving the air quality around schools, which can become emission hot spots due to idling vehicles during pick-up and drop-off times. This program already has data to show it results in sustained behavior change among participating students, including research by Children’s Mercy Hospital that shows kids are more active after having completed the program. Previous SRTS from BikeWalkKC have successfully leveraged federal funds from previous rounds of TA and CMAQ to attract philanthropic funding to our transportation safety programs, especially to support work in Environmental Justice tracts. SRTS programs support several strategies to maximize the benefits for the most people when investing limited transportation resources: Support the efficient movement of people, goods and services Increase mobility and accessibility for all users of the system Improve equity Foster safe travel Reduce pollutants
PA Complete Streets Description: N/A
PA Safety: The program primarily focuses on the special user categories of bicyclists, pedestrians, and young drivers identified in the Blueprint. Safe behavior for bicyclists and pedestrians is the primary focus. Younger drivers are a secondary focus as we believe kids who learn bike/ped safety in their youth go on to be safer drivers. Additionally, the technical assistance we provide to schools helps inform and prioritize their requests to municipalities for infrastructure improvements like sidewalks, crosswalks, etc.
PA Air Quality: From the plan: “For many residents, driving a personal vehicle is the daily activity that contributes the most to air pollution.” SRTS builds lifelong habits of biking and walking. Nationally, 10-14% of car trips during morning rush hour are for school travel (according to USDOT). SRTS will advance the goal of reducing the number of cars on the road at that time, thereby reducing vehicle emissions. This may also decrease traffic congestion in neighborhoods around schools, further reducing emissions from idling cars.
PA Conservation: N/A
PA Environment: Reducing the number of private automobile and school bus trips reduces overall greenhouse gas emissions and improves air quality.
PA Funding
CMAQ
STP/STBG
TAP/STP Set Aside
PA Travel Lane: False
PA Congestion Management Measures Selected:
Access Management:
Active Transportation
Highway
Land Use
Parking
Regulatory>
TDM
Transit
Transportation Operations and Management
PA CMT Description: Education campaigns to reduce trips will reduce the number of cars dropping off and picking up kids at schools.
PA SOV Capacity:
PA Pre-application Statement: No changes made
PA Pre-application Statement Text:
PA Pre-Application Staff Alignment: Aligned
PA Pre-Aplication Policy Concerns:

General Information

G1. TIP Number: 356106
G2. State: Kansas
G3. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? No
G4 Project contact: Nicole Brown, nicole.brown@jocogov.org
G5 Purpose and need: SRTS education/encouragement programs will reduce families’ reliance on school bussing and private vehicle trips to/from school. This project continues existing Safe Routes to School non-infrastructure funding currently being provided by BikeWalkKC and planned to transition to Johnson County Department of Health and Environment in Federal Fiscal Year 2021. It includes Youth Bicycle Education and walking school bus programs at K-12 school sites, technical assistance and student travel planning for schools and school districts, and other outreach and encouragement events. The primary audience is K-12 school students.
 
G6. Origin and ending
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G7 Functional Classification: Not Applicable
G8 Connected KC 2050 Decade? 2020
G9 Muli-Agency Plan? No
G10 Included in a CIP? No
G11 Planning stage:
G12 Reviewed by state DOT? --Select--
G13 Right-of-Way acquisition: All acquired or none needed
G14 ROW by local public agency process manual? No
G15 Other unique local goals and objectives? Yes
Increasing walking and biking is a goal in many local plans within Johnson County. City of Leawoods Active Transportation plan especially prioritizes Safe Routes to School as an important goal.
G16 Transportation Disadvantaged Population: Selection of schools to participate in this program will give priority to those serving transportation disadvantaged communities, which are often disadvantaged in health outcomes and access to health care.
G17 Relevant Public Engagement: Public engagement builds on the work of BikeWalkKC, the previous sponsor of this program. They built close relationships with those directly involved in the program, including students, teachers, parents, and school community stakeholders.
G18 Planned Public Engagement: Ongoing engagement will focus directly on the students, teachers, parents, and school stakeholders involved in the program. Language appropriate communication and materials will be used for each school community.
G19 Sustainable Places Criteria: Access to Healthy Foods---Active Transportation/Living-------Compact, Walkable Centers--- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network----------- ------------Integrated Trail System--- Mixed-Density Neighborhoods-------Optimize Parking---Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- ---------------- ------
G19.1 Describe PSP relationship: As the program operates in communities we learn lessons, gather data, identify challenges, surface opportunities, and build partnerships that support or contribute to work in these sustainable places. Examples include identifying gaps in sidewalks or complete street networks, increasing pedestrian activity in walkable centers and mixed-density neighborhoods, helping schools optimize parking on-site and in adjacent neighborhoods, increasing utilization of trails for walking programs, and partnering with food access resources like KC Healthy Kids.
G20 Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? No
G21 Serves Regional Activity Center? No
High-Intensity and More_Walkable Centers The program serves many schools within activity centers, especially older activity centers where schools are still located in proximity and have not been sited far away. Examples include Downtown Overland Park, Mission, Downtown Olathe, and more.
G22 Environmental justice tracts? Yes
Many schools served in this program are located in Environmental Justice Tracts. Getting more kids walking and biking to school reduces the transportation burden on families with limited access to vehicles or high dependence on transit. Especially single parents that may be traveling between 2 or 3 jobs with limited time or money for transportation.
G23 Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
Getting more kids walking and biking to school reduces the number of car trips by parents, the number of school buses needed, and reduces idling around schools.
G24 Natural Resource information:
G25 Community Links at Watershaed Scale:
G26 Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: SRTS and the infrastructure improvements needed for walking and biking to school are included in many local plans. Examples include (but are not limited to) Overland Park Bike Plan, Leawood Active Transportation Plan, and Roeland Park Sidewalk Strategy.
 

Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 19998800 
STP Match amount: 4999700 
STP Year requested: 2023
TAP Federal amount: 199988 
TAP Match amount: 49997 
TAP Year requested: 2023
Source of Local Match: NOTE: We are applying in CMAQ, STP, and TAP. We can use whatever distribution between those funding sources determined by MARC staff and committees. Also, we are requesting the funding be split as evenly as possible between years 2023 and 2024. The source of local match is local funds.
 
Explain:
 
Scope Change: The project can be scaled based on the level of funding received. Can reduce the number of schools served by the program to fit the available funds.
 
Cost by area:
Engineering: 0
Equipment Purchase: 3436000
Right-of-Way: 0
Other: 0
Utility Adjustment/Relocation: 0
Program Implementation/Construction (including Construction Engineering/Inspection): 21562500
Contingency: 0
Total Estimated Project Cost: 24998500
 
Cost Breakdown by mode:
Highway:   %
Transit:   %
Bike: 50  %
Pedestrian: 50  %
Other:   %

Supporting Documents

Submitted (Public) comments

Melissa Cheatham said...

My family and I live about a mile from school and we do choose to walk and ride regularly, but we struggle with safety ourselves. I know many families who do not use active transportation even in our relatively safe community because they fear unsafe conditions. I believe that walking and riding to school reduces pollution, improves health, establishes healthy habits, builds independence for kids who ride alone and builds connection for those who ride with parents. Our community was designed for cars and we need Safe Routes to School to help us establish new patterns that support our newer goals.

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