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Roosevelt Middle School

School Location: 2001 Radford Road Dubuque, IA 52002

Present Conditions Number of students: 1113 Bus Service: • Public Transit – Keyline Transit Limited Access Red Line • School District Bus Service

Student Surveys

Student surveys were administered to 6-8 graders, at Roosevelt 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 1024 students responded to the survey, and this constitutes 92% of the student body. Students responding to the survey travel to school by school bus (58.6%) or by family vehicle (25.98%).

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Travel Time to School 35.45% of students responding to the survey stated that they spend less than 10 minutes traveling to school.

Travel Distance to School Only 9.28% of students responding to the survey travel less than 1/2 mile to school, while 47.46% travel 2 miles or more to attend school.

Incentives/Programs The top parent suggestions for increasing walking and biking were: 1. Money 2. iPod 3. Reward or gift The streets cited most often by parents as being unsafe included: 1. NW Arterial 2. Pennsylvania 3. Asbury Rd. 4. Seippel Rd. and Middle Rd. 5. Radford Rd.

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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 time, distance and weather. The major issues brought up by students were crime and violence, icy or snow covered sidewalks, lack of sidewalks and unsafe intersections near the school.

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Mapping Student Routes and Crash Data

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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 Roosevelt 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 Roosevelt administrators.

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Problem Unsafe intersections: Radford and Camelot

Solution • Add stop light • Add painted crosswalks

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Radford at North city boundary has high speed traffic

• Reduce speed limit • Add traffic calming devices • Add signage and possible radar wagon

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Radford at North city boundary has high traffic speed • Install fence next to east faculty parking lot to • Jay walking across Radford Rd. near school property deter students from crossing through parking lot border • Finish sidewalk to the South • Visibility issue: crest of hill blocks visibility of crossing area for traffic

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Unsafe intersection: Radford Ct. and radford Rd.

• Add a stop light or a 4 way stop • Add painted crosswalk

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Unsafe intersection: Heacock and Asbury

• Add painted crosswalk

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Unsafe intersection: Saratoga and Asbury

• Add a stop light

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Unsafe intersection: NW Arterial and Pennsylvania and • Build pedestrian overpasses NW and Asbury Walkway from Saratoga to school along construction • Install surveillance camera to monitor walkway area

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Roosevelt 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 Roosevelt Middle School. Roosevelt Infrastructure Reference Number RS1 RS2 RS3 RS4 RS5 RS6 RS7 RS8 RS9 RS10 RS11 RS12

Intersection Radford/Camelot Radford/Camelot Radford/Camelot Radford Radford Radford Roosevelt campus Asbury/Heacock Asbury/Saratoga NW Arterial/Pennsylvania NW Arterial/Asbury Saratoga

Suggestion Fully signalized intersection High visibility painted crosswalk Flashing school crossing lights at arrival and dismissal Flashing school crossing lights at arrival and dismissal Curb extensions at all intersections Build sidewalks Install fence next to east side of faculty parking lot High visibility painted crosswalk Fully signalized intersection Build pedestrian ooverpass Build pedestrian ooverpass Surveillance camera

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Suggestion Decrease speed limit

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Mapping Roosevelt Project List Based on the input received during public meetings and input sessions with school administrators, city planning and engineering staff, and the local police department, the following map was created to provide a visual representation of the projects. Each marker on the map corresponds to an issue in the table on page 6.w

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