Published : Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | 12:52 PM
Pasadena parents have until Friday, September 22 to participate in the City’s online survey about traffic safety near schools in order for their thoughts to be heard.
In answering the short “Safer Streets Pasadena” survey, parents can help the City identify key safety needs for their child’s school, as part the District’s “Safer Streets – Pasadena School Area Safety Program.”
“Pasadena has set forth a Guiding Principle that this will be a City where people can circulate without cars. This Complete Streets approach requires a close look at our most vulnerable road users, pedestrians and bicyclists. Through the Safer Streets Pasadena initiative, we are working to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on our streets,” said the City’s Department of Transportation on its website.
The survey which can be answered by visiting http://saferstreets.cityofpasadena.net/ will ask parents to provide the name of the school where their child goes to, identify the street intersection nearest their home, give information on their child’s grade level in school as well as their gender. Parents answering the survey will also be asked to provide information on how many children they have who are attending kindergarten to the 8th grade.
Parents in the survey will also be asked how far is the child’s home from the school, as well as the times the child would leave home for school and the time the child leaves school for home.
The survey also asks parents by what means does their child leave the school for home such as by walking, riding a bicycle or skateboard or scooter, riding the bus or subway, by a school bus or by carpooling.
Parents answering the survey are also asked how much does their child’s school encourages or discourages walking or biking to and from school.
Last year, Pasadena has received a $145,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for use in its Safer Streets – Pasadena School Area Safety Program for 2017 through 2017.
According to the program’s description, Safer Streets will combine education and outreach objectives, using a classroom-level pedestrian outreach campaign to third grade students while also addressing parents and motorists who drive through school zones in the Pasadena area.
As part of the program, the city will also update suggested routes to school maps for each of the 18 elementary and middle schools in Pasadena and survey students to determine what routes they take to school and what factors contribute to their decision whether or not to walk to school. Activities within the program also include the expansion of the “We Make Time” pedestrian safety campaign developed by the city in 2014.
The Safer Streets – Pasadena School Area Safety Program supports the city’s General Plan guiding principle that Pasadena will be a city where people can circulate without cars.