Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

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An Overview

 

The Maricopa Association of Governments Safe Routes to School Program consists of providing resources for schools and municipalities to administer Safe Routes to School (SRTS) initiatives and activities such as:

Crossing Guard Training Workshops
Programming of Transportation Alternatives SRTS federal aid funding
Administration of SRTS Studies Projects

This is an opportunity to work closely with your school, your community, and your local government to create a healthy lifestyle for children and a safer, cleaner environment for everyone.


Crossing Guard Workshops

The Maricopa Association of Governments works with cities and towns to improve road safety. These Crossing Guard Workshops provide basic education and training to school crossing guards, thus meeting a basic but an essential step to ensure that crossing guards do not compromise their own safety nor that of K-8 school children while performing their duties.

The intent of this MAG workshop and the associated print materials and video is to provide basic safety training for all school crossing guards as a regional road safety initiative. All K-8 schools may utilize this workshop to train their school crossing guards. The responsibility remains with each school for hiring, training, and defining when and where crossing guards are to be on duty.

2019 Crossing Guard Training Workshops

MAG will be hosting three half-day training workshops that will be held prior to the start of the next school year. The first workshop will be held on July 25, 2019 in Phoenix, the second will be held on July 30, 2019 in Peoria, and the third will be held on August 1, 2019 in Mesa. These workshops are part of a regional effort to help improve road safety. The workshop content was developed in partnership with a number of cities in the Phoenix metropolitan region. We hope to see participation by all K-8 schools in the Phoenix metropolitan region. There is no cost to attend these workshops.

In our role as the regional planning agency for Phoenix metropolitan region, we are working with all cities, towns and counties in our planning region to improve road safety. Improving road safety on access routes to schools has been identified as a regional priority. The support of school officials is essential to address this issue effectively. These workshops provide basic education and training to school crossing guards, thus meeting a basic but an essential step to ensure that crossing guards do not compromise their own safety nor that of children while performing their duties.

All three workshops will have identical content. We will be providing Spanish translation services for those who need it. Many cities and towns in the region recommend this MAG workshop for all public K-8 schools located within their city limits. Please note that the City of Phoenix will not be holding a separate training event this year.

Please see the link below to access the registration form with instructions. Registration forms should be submitted to MAG no later than July 18, 2019.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Washington High School Auditorium
2217 W. Glendale Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rio Vista Recreation Center
8866-A W. Thunderbird Rd.
Peoria, AZ 85381

Thursday, August 1, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dobson High School - North Lobby Auditorium
1501 W. Guadalupe Road
Mesa, AZ 85202

 

Materials

MAG Regional School Crossing Guard Training Workshop Manual

English Version
Spanish Version


School Crossing Guard Procedures
Traffic Laws
Heat and Welfare

 

Videos

Guardians of the Future Video in English

Guardians of the Future - English Version

Guardians of the Future Video in Spanish

Guardians of the Future - Spanish Version

School Crossing Guard Procedures Animated Presentation

School Crossing Guard Procedures Animated Presentation - No Audio


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FY 2021 and 2022 TA SRTS: 2nd Call for Projects

On January 30, 2018, MAG issued a call for Transportation Alternatives – Safe Routes to School project applications. Member agencies were invited to submit applications, in partnership with local K-8 schools. MAG allocates $400,000 per year to fund qualifying Safe Routes to School (SRTS) projects that would involve ONLY non-infrastructure projects. A prior call for TA SRTS applications for projects in FY2021 and 2022 was coordinated along with the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Modal programming process during the fall of 2017. This resulted in TA SRTS projects programmed in the amount of $282,897 in FY 2021 $236,691 in FY 2022. The remaining funds in the amounts, $117,103 in FY 2021 and $163,309 in FY 2022, are available for two types of SRTS projects; Priority 1 – SRTS Studies, and Priority 2 – SRTS Support Activities. Three applications were submitted for a total of $114,212 in FY 2021 and $79,212 in FY2022. Links to each application are provided below.

Applications Submitted as of March 26, 2018

If there are any questions, please contact Margaret Boone at mboone@azmag.gov or at (602) 254-6300.


Where the Money Goes

City/County Location Work Total Funding
Avondale Rio Vista Elementary, Corte Sierra Elementary, Avondale Middle, Lattie Coor Elementary, Elice C. Felix Elementary Safe Routes to School Studies $96,186
Maricopa County David Crockett Elementary, Encanto Elementary, Clarendon Elementary, Montebello Elementary Walk-N-Rollers SRTS Support Activity Project $47,148
Maricopa County Tumbleweed Elementary, Maryland Elementary, Lowell School, Moon Mountain Elementary SRTS Support Activity Project $47,148
Scottsdale Citywide Safe Routes to School Coordinator $47,149
Surprise Kingswood, West Point, and Sonoran Heights Elementary SRTS Support Activity Project $21,740
Surprise ACA, Imagine Prep, and Imagine Rosefield Schools SRTS Support Activity Project $21,739
Surprise Ashton Ranch, Countryside, Parkview Elementary SRTS Support Activity Project $21,740
City/County Location Work Total Funding
Avondale Quentin Elementary, Collier Elementary, Legacy Traditional School, Rancho Santa Fe Elementary Safe Routes to School Studies $100,000
Maricopa County David Crockett Elementary, Encanto Elementary, Clarendon Elementary, Montebello Elementary Walk-N-Rollers SRTS Support Activity Project $47,150
Maricopa County Tumbleweed Elementary, Maryland Elementary, Lowell School, Moon Mountain Elementary SRTS Support Activity Project $47,150
Scottsdale Citywide Safe Routes to School Coordinator $47,149
Surprise Kingswood, West Point, and Sonoran Heights Elementary SRTS Support Activity Project $27,811
Surprise ACA, Imagine Prep, and Imagine Rosefield Schools SRTS Support Activity Project $27,811
Surprise Ashton Ranch, Countryside, Parkview Elementary Safe Routes to School Support Activity $27,811
Surprise Marley Park and Rancho Gabriela Elementary SRTS Support Activity Project $33,241
City/County Location Work Total Funding
Apache Junction Cactus Canyon Junior High and Four Peaks Elementary School Safe Routes to School Studies $50,922
Gila Bend Gila Bend Elementary School Safe Routes to School Study $35,000
Maricopa County Montebello, Tumbleweed, Eagle College Prep Safe Routes to School Support Activity $47,148
Phoenix Balsz School District Safe Routes to School Studies $44,321
Phoenix Wilson Primary Safe Routes to School Study $28,290
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Salt River Elementary School Safe Routes to School Study $46,207
Scottsdale Citywide Safe Routes to School Coordinator $47,148
Surprise Charter K-8 SRTS Program Manager Safe Routes to School Program Manager $49,036
Surprise Dysart Unified School District Safe Routes to School Program Manager $49,036
City/County Location Work Total Funding
Apache Junction Imagine Prep Superstition and Avalon Elementary School Safe Routes to School Studies $50,922
Maricopa County Montebello, Tumbleweed, Eagle College Prep Safe Routes to School Program Manager $47,149
Phoenix Balsz School District Safe Routes to School Studies $44,321
Phoenix Wilson Secondary Safe Routes to School Study $28,290
Scottsdale Citywide Safe Routes to School Coordinator $47,149
Surprise Charter K-8 SRTS Program Manager Safe Routes to School Program Manager $49,036
Surprise Dysart Unified School District Safe Routes to School Program Manager $49,036

FOR SCHOOLS

A Safe Routes to School program is a unique opportunity for schools to work with local agencies and the community to promote the health and safety of K-8 students. The MAG program provides resources from providing annual training and materials for crossing guards to helping identify safety improvements for K-8 students walking and biking to school. In addition, MAG manages funds allocated to the region for the Transportation Alternatives federal aid funding source with oversight from municipality staff representatives. Funding can be used for consultant services to develop SRTS studies, infrastructure improvements that promote and encourage walking and biking to school, educational materials, and modest incentives for program participation.

Click here to view contact information for your city to find out how to apply.
Click here to view the SRTS Studies Fact Sheet.

FOR MUNICIPALITIES

The MAG region receives an annual allocation of federal aid Transportation Alternatives funding from the Arizona DOT. MAG member agencies are eligible to submit applications for utilizing this funding to help your schools and communities promote the health and safety of K-8 students. The call for new projects occurs each August and that information will be posted here. You can view past applications on MAG's TIP Modal Applications page. MAG member agency Managers are notified of all calls for projects utilizing federal aid funding. MAG administers the SRTS studies funded with TA SRTS funds through their qualified on-call consultant contracts. You can read more about this in the Fact Sheet provided in the link below. In addition, resources are provided to assist local agencies to work with stakeholders for starting new or advance existing SRTS programs and activities at your schools. These resource materials are provided in the links below.

Click here to access the ADOT Guide for School Traffic Safety.
Click here to view the SRTS Studies Fact Sheet.

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