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Mazzuchelli Middle School

School Location: 2005 Kane Street Dubuque, IA 52001

Present Conditions Number of students: 457 Bus Service: • Public Transit – Keyline Transit Gray Line • School District Bus Service

Student Surveys

Student surveys were administered to 6-8 graders, at Mazzuchelli Middle School, during the month of November in 2008. During class, students were asked to fill out the survey form about their transportation to school. The survey asked students about the safety of their route to school and what they viewed as impediments to walking or biking to school. Additionally, students who walk or bike to school were asked to draw their route to school on school area maps (see page 4).

Travel Mode to School 391 students responded to the survey, and this constitutes 85.56% of the student body. Students responding to the survey travel to school by family vehicle (50.39%) or school bus (38.56%).

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Travel Time to School 41.65% of students responding to the survey stated that they spend less than 10 minutes traveling to school.

Travel Distance to School Only 6.17% of students responding to the survey travel less than 1/2 mile to school, while 59.64% travel 2 miles or more to attend school.

Incentives/Programs The top parent suggestions for increasing walking and biking were: 1. After School Programs 2. Money 3. Food The streets cited most often by parents as being unsafe included: 1. JFK and Kauffmann 2. Grandview and Kauffmann 3. Intyersections with Kane St 4. JFK and Asbury Rd 5. Carter Rd and Kauffmann 6. Asbury Rd and NW Arterial

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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 distance and weather. The major issues brought up by students were distance, icy or snowcovered sidewalks, lack of sidewalks and unsafe intersections near the school.

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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.

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School Administrator Input Staff met with Mazzuchelli 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 Mazzuchelli administrators. Problem 1 Unsafe intersection: Kane and Chaney intersection

Solution • Add stop sign or stop light at intersection • Use improvement study • Painted crosswalks • Consider making intersection a 3-way stop during school hours

2 High speed on Carter Rd North of Kane St

• Enforce traffic regulations • Add traffic calming devices

3 Sidewalks on Carter Rd

• Improve sidewalks

4 Unsafe intersection: Kane and Carter

• Add a crosswalk

5 Arrival and dismissal congestion • Kane St has heavy traffic • Cars are backed up for a long distance • Entry to the school is blocked off with cones from 2:30-3:00pm (police recommendation)

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Mazuchelli Project List Project lists were developed for each school after holding public meetings and input sessions with school administrators, city planning and engineering staff, and the local police department. The following list outlines projects for Mazuchelli Middle School.

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Projects High visibility painted crosswalk Three-way stop Chicanes or other calming devices Curb extensions at all corners High visibility painted crosswalk High visibility painted crosswalk Build/improve existing sidewalks Bike lanes Flashing school crossing lights at arrival and dismissal Flashing school crossing lights at arrival and dismissal Flashing school crossing lights at arrival and dismissal

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Projects Enforcement of existing speed regulations School driveway/entrance blocked with cones from 2:30-3pm Decrease speed limit

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