I-STOP for Kids (Idaho School Travel Operations Plan for Kids)

The I-STOP is a required for all infrastructure applications, and can be included as part of a non-infrastructure only application. Why do you need an I-STOP for Kids? Successful Safe Routes to School programs require the support and expertise of many different people. It also helps guide the development of a task force that works to create an assessment of the school's circumstances, and formulates all of the physical and perceived barriers to using non-motorized transportation to get to school. The I-STOP results in a documented action plan with long and short term strategies that will make travel to school safer and more convenient for students.

Schools and communities who have been funded in the past will need to provide evidence of an existing I-STOP if reapplying for FY12 funding. The new I-STOP will be available on this website under the Idaho Program Tools tab on October 31, 2009. The NCSRTS offers an online training program on how to implement local programs and should be used as a resource to help assist with local program development.

The attached guide titled "How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan" was created by engineers, planners, enforcement, health and injury prevention professionals for use by community stakeholders and decision makers who are responsible for improving pedestrian safety at the state and local level.

A travel plan includes:

  1. Information about the school
  2. Research about travel patterns and barriers to walking or bicycling
  3. Identifies who's on the SR2S task force and their role at each participating school
  4. How students, parents and partners will reduce car trips and increase walking and bicycling
  5. Funding sources and community/school commitment to the program
  6. An action plan that shows long and short term goals
  7. Sample SR2S Travel Plans
    1. JFK Elementary School Action Plan
      JFK School and Jamesburg Borough envision a Safe Routes to School Program that involves the schoolchildren in production and presentation of educational material; keeps the parents as key players in implementing the Action Plan; links the schools to not only residential neighborhoods, but other destinations throughout the borough; reaches the Spanish-speaking community; and changes driver behavior to be respectful of pedestrians.
    2. Ashbrook Elementary School Action Plan
      Ashbrook School & Lumberton Township envision a Safe Routes to School Program that enables children to walk to school safely; increases the amount of physical activity the children engage in daily; reduces economic and environmental costs of busing; and spurs more walking and bicycling throughout Lumberton.
    3. Rand Elementary School Action Plan
      Rand School and Montclair Township envision a Safe Routes to School Program that enables children to walk to school safely; increases the amount of physical activity the children perform daily; encourages adult residents to help children become familiar and comfortable with their community in the form of Safe Havens and Neighborhood Watch Groups; urges motorists to respect non-motorized forms of transportation; and contributes to a more environmentally sustainable community, including a reduction in diesel bus emissions.

Work on the plan can begin at any time. The final travel plan is due to ITD with the final reimbursement claim form for non-infrastructure activities.

The new I-STOP will be available October 31, 2009.