Safe Routes to School: Mercer Middle School
What is the Mercer Middle School Safe Routes to School Program?
The Mercer Middle School Safe Routes to School Program is a local program working to make it safer and easier to walk and bike to Mercer Middle School. When environments are safer for people on foot, safety is improved for everyone, whether they are walking from home or just travelling in the passenger seat of a car. Made possible by funding from the Washington State Department of Transportation and the Seattle Department of Transportation, the Mercer Middle School program is part of a national movement called Safe Routes to School (SRTS). SRTS programs improve the safety of walk and bike routes near school by funding construction projects, coordinating with law enforcement, and providing education services and encouragement campaigns to get more students walking and biking on those routes.
This project will run through November 2015 and is one of four SRTS projects in Seattle Public Schools this year. Find out about the others by visiting their program pages: Greenwood Elementary, Wedgwood Elementary, and South Shore PK-8.
Baseline Survey Results Are In!
The baseline results for the Parent and Guardian SRTS Survey have been tabulated. These are the results of the surveys taken in English. We also received surveys in Chinese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese; however, the small quantity in which we received those surveys did not lend themselves to be put into chart form. If you are interested in learning more about the results of the Chinese, Somali, Spanish, or Vietnamese surveys please contact the Safe Routes to School Director at email@example.com
Check out the valuable input that parents and guardians shared through the survey here.
Walk/Bike Audit Report:
The Mercer Walk Bike Audit was conducted on Saturday, January 24th 2015 and a report has been compiled indicating priority recommendations. Click here to view the Mercer Walk and Bike Audit Report.
In that report improvements along 16th Ave S between S Dakota St and Asa Mercer Middle School driveway rose quickly to the top of our safety issues for students, their families and neighbors. After presenting our recommendations to the City, we were pleased to learn that Seattle Department of Transportation and Seattle Parks Department are working together to support our recommendations. This is a huge win for the Asa Mercer Middle School Community. The project is anticipated to be complete by December 2015. To learn more about this project click here.
The grant project will fund the construction of a paved non-motorized shared use trail adjacent to Jefferson Park just north of the school, replacing the current gravel path and connecting to the pedestrian crossing of S Spokane St at Lafayette Ave S. The trail will improve bicycle and pedestrian access for students entering at the northwest entrance of the Mercer campus. To keep up to date on the construction, visit the project engineering page.
To learn more or to get involved, contact: the Safe Routes to School Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know? :
In 1969, 48% of students in the United States walked or biked to school on regular basis. Today, the national average is 13%.
What’s happening locally? Here are the Mercer Middle School baseline measurements from 2012:
Meet the Seattle Safe Routes to School Partnership!
The following people and agencies work together to provide education and encouragement activities for Safe Routes to School. Look for them in your school and community over the course of this grant and beyond!