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Walkability/Bikeability Assessments - Volunteers Needed (great experience!)

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  • Rick Kos
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 29, 2011
      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*







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      *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.

      *Volunteer Responsibilities*

      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

      *Contact Information*

      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

      (408) 793-2733



      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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