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Audubon Elementary School

School Location: 605 Lincoln Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001-3411

Present Conditions Number of students: 284 Bus Service: • Public Transit – Keyline Transit Red Line • School District Bus Service

Parent Surveys

Student surveys were administered to parents of children attending grades K-5 at Audubon Elementary School, during the month of November in 2008. Parents were asked to fill out the survey form about their child’s transportation to school. The survey asked parents about the safety of their child’s route to school and what they viewed as impediments to walking or biking to school. Additionally, parents of students who walked or biked to school were asked to draw their route to school on school area maps (see page 4).

Travel Mode to School 91 parents at Audubon Elementary School responded to the survey, and this constitutes 32% of the student body. Parents responding to the survey stated that their child travels to school most often by walking (45.65%) or by family vehicle (38.04%).

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Travel Time to School 86.96% of parents responding to the survey stated that their child spends less than 10 minutes traveling to school.

Travel Distance to School 75% of parents responding to the survey stated that their child travels less than 1/2 mile to school.

Grade Level Allowed to Walk/Bike to School Parents responding to the survey viewed 4th grade as an appropriate, allowable age for a child to walk or bike to school. A very small percentage, 1.43% , stated that they would never allow their child to walk or bike to school.

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Environmental Factors Impacting Walking/Biking The most common changes that would encourage more students to walk or bike to school included traffic amount, weather, traffic speed and availability of crossing guards. The major issues brought up by parents were unsafe intersections and safety on the routes to school.

Incentives/Programs The top parent suggestions for increasing walking and biking were: 1. Safety Education 2. Adult Supervision The streets cited most often by parents as being unsafe included: 1. Windsor Ave and 22nd St. 2. Rhomberg Ave and Elm St. 3. 21st St. and Elm St. 4. Jackson St and 24th St 5. All intersections crossing 22nd St

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Mapping Student Routes and Crash Data Those students who walked or biked to school were asked to draw their routes on a provided map. These routes were compiled into Geographical Information Systems (GIS) format. The more heavily used routes began to overlap and become thicker displaying the primary routes used to access schools. This map also contains 2006 crash data from the Iowa Department of Transportation. E

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School Administrator Input Staff met with Audubon School administrators to discuss problems impacting children who walk or bike to school. During these meetings, both structural and educational solutions were discussed. The following table contains the problems and solutions that were listed by Audubon administrators. Problem 1 J-walking on 22nd St, Lincoln, Rhomberg, Windsor

Solution • Traffic signals with quick response during school arrival and dismissal times at Rhomberg/Johnson and Lincoln/Windsor Crosswalk

2 No ability to staff patrols at 22nd and Windsor or at Johnson and Rhomberg

• Funding sources to staff at unsupervised corners

3 Motor vehicles - lack of awareness and knowledge of • Continue to inform/educate students and parents how to deal with bicycles and pedestrians. of safe routes and appropriate safe behaviors traveling to/from school Bicyclists and Pedestrian - lack of awareness and knowledge of how to navigate traffic

4 Speeding traffic on 22nd, Windsor, and Rhomberg

• Enforcement of existing regulations

5 Parking/congestion on Providence St.

• Designated streets near the school as “no parking” or “no parking during school”

6 Potential unseen issues regarding Bee Branch Project.

• Ongoing- continue dialogue with city officials regarding impact of Bee Branch Project on traffic flow and patterns

7 “Blind” corners at Lincoln and Windsor due to houses with large shrubs at corner

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Mapping Administration Input Based on the input received by Audubon’s administration, the following map was created to provide a visual representation of problem areas and proposed solutions. Each marker on the map corresponds to an issue in the table on page 5.

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The map can be accessed electronically: Audubon Online Map

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Neighborhood Association Input

Staff met with the Point and Washington Neighborhoods Associations to discuss problems impacting children who walk or bike to school. During these meetings, both structural and educational solutions were discussed. The following tables contain the problems and solutions that were listed by the Point and Washington Neighborhood Association members.

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Problem Unsafe Intersection: Stafford and Lincoln

Solution • Provide crossing guards at school arrival and dismissal times Unsafe Intersection: Lincoln and Humboldt • Release students at staggered times • Provide crossing guards at arrival and dismissal times - use older students as guards Motor vehicles - lack of awareness and knowledge of • Continue to inform/educate students and parents of how to deal with bicycles and pedestrians. safe routes and appropriate safe behaviors traveling to/from school Bicyclists and Pedestrian - lack of awareness and knowledge of how to navigate traffic Unsafe intersection: Windsor and Lincoln Vehicles exceeding speed limit on Rhomberg •Enforce speed limit and add traffic calming devices Unsafe intersection: Elm and 19th St •Addition of painted crosswalk Unsafe crossing area: Garfield St • Posting of school crossing sign

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• Add flashing school crossing lights during school arrival and dismissal times • Addition of painted crosswalk

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• Add flashing school crossing lights during school arrival and dismissal times • Addition of painted crosswalk 10 Unsafe crossing area: 600 and 700 block of Rhomberg • Add flashing school crossing lights during school arrival and dismissal times • Addition of painted crosswalk 11 Unsafe intersection: Rhomberg and Kniest • Add flashing school crossing lights during school arrival and dismissal times • Addition of painted crosswalk 12 Motor vehicles - lack of awareness and knowledge of • Continue to inform/educate students and parents of how to deal with bicycles and pedestrians safe routes and appropriate safe behaviors traveling Bicyclists and Pedestrian - lack of awareness and to/from school knowledge of how to navigate traffic 13 Safety •Neighborhood safety team to monitor and reinforce • No cell phones around schools while driving 14 General • Washington Neighborhood plan incorporated into SRTS Plan including - traffic calming, speed bumps, and crosswalks • Evaluate opportunities to fund programs or facilities using CDBG or Neighborhood funds

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Mapping Neighborhood Association Input Based on the input received by the Point and Washington Neighborhoods Associations, the following map was created to provide a visual representation of problem areas and proposed solutions. Each marker on the map corresponds to an issue in the tables on page 7.

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The map can be accessed electronically: Audubon Online Map

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Work Session Input Staff brought together school administrators, city planning and engineering staff, and local law enforcement officers to discuss problems impacting children who walk or bike to school. The city was divided into quadrants to ensure that any overlapping issues between schools were addressed as a whole rather than on a school by school basis. During these meetings, both structural and educational solutions were discussed. The following tables contain the problems and solutions that were listed for each school by the quadrant teams.

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Intersection/Roadway Rhomberg /Johnson Rhomberg /Johnson Lincoln/Windsor Lincoln/Windsor 22nd/Windsor 22nd/Windsor Johnson/Rhomberg Johnson/Rhomberg Providence between Windsor and Johnson Stafford/Lincoln Lincoln /Humboldt Windsor/Rhomberg Windsor/Rhomberg Windsor/Rhomberg Johnson/Rhomberg 19th/Elm 20th/Washington 20th/Washington Rhomberg/Kniest Rhomberg/Kniest

Suggestion Fully signalized intersection High visibility painted crosswalk Fully signalized intersection High visibility painted crosswalk Fully signalized intersection High visibility painted crosswalk Fully signalized intersection High visibility painted crosswalk No Parking or No Parking during school hours Adult crossing guards at arrival and dismissal Student crossing guards at arrival and dismissal Curb extensions at 2 or more corners Flashing school crossing lights at arrival and dismissal High visibility painted crosswalks Curb extensions at 2 or more corners High visibility painted crosswalk Flashing school crossing lights at arrival and dismissal High visibility painted crosswalk Flashing school crossing lights at arrival and dismissal High visibility painted crosswalk

Intersection /Roadway (if applicable) 22nd/Windsor Johnson/Rhomberg Lincoln/Windsor Providence between Windsor and Johnson Lincoln /Humboldt

Suggestion Research funding sources for adult crossing guards Research funding sources for adult crossing guards Visibility issues due to shrubs No Parking or No Parking during school hours Release students at staggered times based on mode Continued communication between schools and city regarding Bee Branch impacts Inform/educate students (bicycling and walking) and parents (driving motor vehicles) of safe routes and appropriate safe behaviors traveling to/from school Develop Neighborhood Safety Team

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Safety/Enforcement Intersection /Roadway (if applicable) 22nd St Windsor Rhomberg

Suggestion Enforcement of existing speed regulations Enforcement of existing speed regulations Enforcement of existing speed regulations

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Mapping Work Session Input Based on the input received from the quadrant teams, the following map was created to provide a visual representation of problem areas and proposed solutions. Each marker on the map corresponds to an issue in the tables on page 9.

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Summary of survey data and public input regarding safe routes to school for Audubon Elementary School

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