Walkability/Bikeability Assessments - Volunteers Needed (great experience!)
- Hi, everyone. This opportunity may interest those with a strong interest in
walking and biking - a great chance to learn more about this facet of urban
planning. Assessments begin the week of August 29 and run through the end
of September. Any questions? Contact Alice Kawaguchi (info below).
* - Rick Kos*
*VOLUNTEER FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL *
*POSITION DESCRIPTION *
*Background Information *
The Safe Routes to School Project is part of the VERBS (Vehicle Emissions
Reduction Based at Schools) grant program funded by the Santa Clara Valley
Transportation Authority (VTA). The goal of the program is to increase
walking and bicycling to school and other forms of active transportation in
order to reduce car travel and the resulting vehicle emissions in school
zones. Traffic Safe Communities Network (TSCN) of Santa Clara County Public
Health Department (PHD) was awarded a grant from VTA for a Safe Routes to
School Program which will be conducted during the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013
school years. Walkability/bikeability assessments, as well as surveys, will
be administered at project schools to determine baseline levels and changes
in travel behaviors.
As part of the Safe Routes to School assessment, volunteers will complete
data collection forms for the walkability/bikeability assessment for 30
schools throughout Santa Clara County, as assigned. Each school site
assessment will consist of 2-3 morning observations, usually (weather
permitting) during the same week.
1. Volunteers should arrive at least 1 hour before school start time and
stay until the school start time.
2. Following on-site training, volunteers must adhere to the specific
guidelines provided by the Traffic Safe Communities Network staff or member
regarding the methodology for data collection and observation in order to
assure consistent and comparable data.
3. Volunteers will complete forms which may consist of the following:
o Counts of elementary, middle or high school student pedestrians and
bicyclists at selected school sites.
o Observation of selected elementary, middle or high school student
bicycling and walking behaviors.
o School site environmental checklist as provided by TSCN which addresses
room to walk/bicycle, ease of walking/bicycling, driver and parent
behaviors, and safety.
4. Volunteers will submit completed forms to the TSCN staff or member at the
end of each observation day.
Volunteers should be at least a high school graduate who can demonstrate
ability to accurately observe, tabulate and record data and follow
Alice Kawaguchi, RD, MPH
Health Education Specialist
Traffic Safe Communities Network
Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Unit
Santa Clara County Public Health Department
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits - San Jose
1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Suite 120B
San Jose, CA 95126
Assessments will be conducted during the 2011-2012 School Year at 15 to 17
school sites during the weeks of August 29, September 6, 12, 19, 26.
Specific school sites and time at each school will be finalized shortly.
School start times typically vary from 7 am to 9 am. Assessments are
conducted one hour prior to school start time and ends at the school start
Note: Additional 15-17 school site assessments will be conducted next year
for the 2012/2013 school year
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