City of Arcata Beginning Active Transportation Program Project at Arcata Elementary School
This is a press release from the City of Arcata:
The City of Arcata has received funding for an Active Transportation Program Cycle 2 project that will cover construction costs as well as an education and encouragement program starting in 2018. The need for safety improvements at Arcata Elementary School (AES) gained attention from the City in early 2015 when an AES Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) member living adjacent to the school alerted the Countywide Safe Routes to School Task Force and the City of Arcata’s Transportation Safety Committee (TSC) to hear concerns. The PTO organized a walkability assessment shortly thereafter to walk the school neighborhood with staff from the City’s Engineering Department and TSC to observe challenges and opportunities for students walking and/or bicycling to school.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2018 and will include the installation of sidewalk infill with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible ramps, crosswalks, and raised crosswalks and a traffic circle for traffic calming. The various improvements will be constructed along Grant Avenue, Baldwin Street, North Street, Western Avenue, Sunset Avenue, Wilson Avenue, and Jay Street.
The goal of this project is to improve conditions for walking and bicycling and to expand the network of opportunities for multi-modal transportation. Focusing on non-motorized modes of transportation, the City hopes to improve safety and mobility and increase the number of people walking and bicycling within the city limits.
Redwood Community Action Agency, with assistance from BikesThere, will administer an education component to teach students and community members pedestrian and bicycle safety skills as well as provide encouragement opportunities with the hopes of increasing active transportation. The non-infrastructure portion of the project will include pedestrian and bicycle safety education in the classroom for AES students, the development of walking maps with suggested routes, support for Walk and Bike to School events, and an evaluation component in collaboration with Humboldt State University’s Kinesiology Department. Education and encouragement activities will be getting underway this spring. For more information about this project, please contact Netra Khatri, Assistant City Engineer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-825-2173.