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Lebanon Safe Routes to School

UVLSRPC Projects

Project Administrator:

Michael McCrory

Project Title:

Lebanon Safe Routes to School

Related Services:

Transportation

Project Summary:

The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission (UVLSRPC) provides ongoing technical assistance to the Lebanon School District and the City of Lebanon to aid in its Safe Routes to School program. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) has been a movement to encourage and enable elementary school children to safely walk and ride bicycles to school. Municipal and school leaders recognize the importance of getting kids outside walking or riding bicycles to school. SRTS is designed for children from kindergarten through eighth grade, including those with disabilities, who live within approximately two miles of school.

The SRTS Comprehensive Travel Plans identify barriers to walking and biking to school and summarize strategies to overcoming those barriers. The process for developing the Travel Plan followed the standard established by the national SRTS initiative:  Evaluation, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Engineering.  This report details the findings for each of these “5 Es” based on standardized surveys, community outreach, parent input, focus group surveys, and School District and City input. The Task Force initiative to develop this Travel Plan has resulted in many substantive and realistic recommendations for the School District and the community.

UVLSRPC Planners have assisted with the following Travel Plans:

  • Hanover Street Elementary School Travel Plan (2009)
  • Mount Lebanon Elementary School Travel Plan (2009)
  • Seminary Hill School Travel Plan (2009)
  • Lebanon Middle School Travel Plan (2012)

Additional Information

The Lebanon SRTS Task Force, a group of representatives from the School District, City Staff, community volunteers and community wellness program coordinators, continues to seek ways to enhance and encourage student health and welfare throughout the School District by promoting walking and bicycling to school for students, as well as providing a safe and reliable pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure for the City. The City has made a substantial effort to diversify opportunities for transportation by encouraging alternative travel options for commuters and to expand and improve walking and biking facilities with the guidance of the Lebanon Pedestrian and Bicyclist Advisory Committee (PBAC) and City Planning Staff.  

Funders:

  • US Federal Highways Administration, Safe Routes to School through NH Department of Transportation
  • City of Lebanon

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