The Town of Apple Valley Safe Routes to School Master Plan is a planning and engineering document that seeks to increase the number of Apple Valley students using active transportation to and from school. The plan provides engineering recommendations for infrastructural improvements and guidance to implement non-infrastructural programs for 10 schools in the Town of Apple Valley. The plan analyzed the existing conditions and conducted public outreach at each of the schools. Engineers from the KOA team evaluated the conditions of pedestrian and bicycle facilities at each school through field observations. The KOA team conducted an analysis of pedestrian and bicycle collisions to understand safety issues within the vicinity of each school. Additionally, teachers aided with student tallies to document the travel behavior of students.
The ultimate goal is to promote walking and cycling to school and to improve the overall health and economic development of the students and community by providing safer and more accessible bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The plan will achieve its goals by providing implementation strategies for safe routes to school, removing barriers to active transportation, addressing actual and perceived safety concerns, and expanding active transportation access within and between neighborhoods and to employment centers, shopping areas, schools, and recreational sites. This report is designed for use by public officials at the County, Town, and school district levels.