CDG is working with the City of Oak Creek, Wisconsin to prepare a Safe Routes to School Action Plan for all public elementary and middle schools in their school district. Oak Creek, a city of approximately 35,000 people just south of Milwaukee, is focused on improving walkability and access to Active Transportation for all school children in their community. The Action Plan, based on a “6Es” approach, outlines recommendations and implementation strategies for infrastructure and programs to create a safer walking and biking environment for school-age children, with the goal of increasing walking and biking to each of their schools.
The Action Plans are being developed in close collaboration with each school’s community – from students, teachers and parents to district leadership, community health partners, city and county transportation staff, local police, and other stakeholders in order to improve recommendations through their insights and participation, and to enact support for implementation of both programming and infrastructure improvements. The Plans identify priorities and phasing, and offer flexibility in their approach to respond to funding.