District 5 Safe Routes to School Projects
Austin Public Works’ Safe Routes to School Program is creating an Infrastructure Report for each City Council district. The reports list and rank projects to help students walk and bike to elementary and middle schools within that district. Once complete, the reports help our program identify and fund high priority projects. The 2016 Mobility Bond provides $2.75 million to each City Council district for Safe Routes to School improvements.
- Barton Hills Elementary School
- Casey Elementary School
- Cowan Elementary School
- Cunningham Elementary School
- Joslin Elementary School
- Kocurek Elementary School
- Zilker Elementary School
- Paredes Middle School
District 5 Project Updates
Final Draft Report
Recommended Projects List
Soon, we will release a list of very high priority projects that we can start developing now. This way, we can start making the most critical improvements to District 5 children’s routes to school as we continue to get feedback and refine our list of recommended projects. Once available, the Safe Routes team will continue updating this list with additional schools and projects as they move forward.
Between November 2017 and mid-April 2019, we reached out to parents, neighbors, and schools to learn about what projects were most needed in this district.
Our team gathered feedback through:
- Walk audits of each school, where the team got a firsthand look at the challenges students face while traveling to and from school. These were conducted throughout the weeks of October 22 and November 5, 2018.
- Participation in pop-up events from late September through November 2018.
- Feedback in our interactive online map from November 2017 through mid-April 2019.
The draft District 5 Infrastructure Report was released on July 30th, 2019. An online survey was available between July 30-August 19, 2019 to provide community members with one more opportunity to recommend projects for consideration in the final report.
The team used all of the community feedback we received to create a list of recommended projects for District 5. Then, the team developed a “matrix” tool to rank projects by benefit and need, connectivity, and cost.
This tool will also be used to review additional projects recommended in our survey. These projects, plus any final comments from our interactive map, will inform the final District 5 Infrastructure Report.
Our team plans to continue updating these reports every five years, depending on future funding.
Right now, these reports are in the final draft stage. We will continue reviewing the recommended projects to create a final list of projects that will be constructed. While we are focusing on projects with high or very high cost and overall benefits, we are also looking at other considerations, like how close projects are to schools, opportunities for cost sharing, interconnected projects, and more.
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