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Chippewa Valley
Safe Routes to school
Partnership

View our 2022 Summary REport HEre.

Introduction

In 2019, the School District of Altoona, Chippewa Falls Area School District, and the Eau Claire Area School District, along with partners from each city, chose to work collaboratively to create a regional safe routes to school program. The intention of forming a regional partnership is to share messaging, and delivery of the SRTS program throughout the Chippewa Valley. Now known as the Chippewa Valley SRTS (CV SRTS) Partnership, the partners will implement a SRTS program at the regional scale by following the six E's framework. 

 

The West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (WCWRPC) initiated this effort and works as the regional coordinator for the three districts. In addition, to working collaboratively, WCWRPC also works with each school and city individually.

This program is funded by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Federal Transportation Alternatives  Program (TAP). This grant was awarded in 2020, and the formation of the group was a huge component in being awarded those funds.

The partnership continues to meet  to discuss progress in their SRTS plan in the time between meetings. The meetings provide time for the members to collaborate on ideas, learn from one another, and coordinate regional implementation activities. WCWRPC facilitates the meetings, tracks progress, and serves as the liaison between the schools, cities, and other partners.

Special Projects

The projects listed below are examples of some of the projects from previous and current years.

2020

Crossing Guard Training Video

Footage for this video was collected at Putnam Heights and Locust Lane Elementary Schools (ECASD). The video is seven minutes long, and provides tips and suggestions for success of the crossing guard program. This video can be found on the WCWRPC's YouTube Channel.

ECASD Bike Parking Audit

A Bike parking audit was started in 2019 but was completed in October 2020. Data provided by the City of Eau Claire Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) was field verified by the WCWRPC and evaluated using bike parking criteria from the National SRTS Program and the City of Eau Claire. The results of the audit were organized into a report detailing the findings and recommendations from each school in the district. 

View audit here.

Altoona Community Signage

The City of Altoona was interested in installing community-wide signage indicating its status as a Safe Routes to School community. These signs would be placed along primary SRTS corridors. WCWRPC provided a map with proposed sign locations, these signs are currently in the city's budget to purchase and install.

View Map.

2021

Chippewa Falls Plan Update

Written in 2015, the CFAUSD plan was the oldest of the Chippewa Valley. A 5 year plan update is appropriate to evaluate progress made, identify new issues and opportunities, and reassess priorities. The plan update was completed in March 2021.

CFAUSD SRTS Plan

SRTS Posters

Informational posters were developed to be displayed at school administration offices, and at school entrances. The posters included description of the six E's, map of designated safe routes, and safety tips.

Eau Claire Sign Inventory

In September 2021, a school zone sign inventory for the City of Eau Claire was completed. Data was collected based on what kind of sign, the condition, and if there were any obstructions. This data was then mapped and given to the City. 

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