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HDOT NEWS RELEASE: 2017 safe routes to school workshops

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 in Latest Department News

HDOT announces Safe Routes to School workshops for interested communities

HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces the following Safe Routes to School (SRTS) informational workshops.

Monday, March 13, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School, Media Center

966 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

North Kohala Public Library

54-3645 Akoni Pule Highway, Kapaau, Hawaii 96755

Thursday, March 30, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Makawao Elementary School

Center for Professional Development (CPD) Room

3542 Baldwin Avenue, Makawao, Hawaii 96768

Thursday, April 6, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lanikai Elementary School, Cafeteria

140 Alala Road, Kailua, Hawaii 96734

Community leaders, school officials, health and transportation professionals, law enforcement officers, parents and neighbors who are interested in the implementation of SRTS strategies at all schools statewide are invited to participate. These workshops are offered free of charge and lunch is provided.

To register, go to and click on the link under Upcoming Workshops, or contact Tara Lucas at 808-692-7696, or e-mail [email protected]. Workshop size is limited, so register early.

Communities around the country are using SRTS programs to make it safer and more appealing for children to walk and bicycle to school. Federal legislation has recognized the value of SRTS programs and has provided funding for states to establish programs.

SRTS programs grow from community’s concerns about safety, health and traffic. A combination of engineering, education, encouragement, and enforcement strategies are used to address these concerns and make SRTS a reality.

This workshop provides participants with the knowledge and skills to develop sound SRTS programs based on community needs and conditions, best practices and responsible use of resources. The day concludes with participants learning how to develop an action plan.

Below is an overview of the workshop agenda. The materials covered will be similar to SRTS workshops HDOT has held previously.

  • Why SRTS matters: safety, health and transportation issues
  • Engineering strategies
  • Education and encouragement strategies
  • Enforcement strategies
  • Field exercise: observation of school campus and surrounding area
  • SRTS federal program in Hawaii 
  • Perspectives from local stakeholders
  • Pick-up and drop-off area strategies
  • Identifying problems and solutions
  • Creating an action plan for your community

For more information on the SRTS federal program in Hawaii, please visit


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Shelly Kunishige

Department of Transportation

Public Affairs Office

Office: (808) 587-2161

Cell: (808) 282-2690

E-mail: [email protected]

@DOTHawaii /HawaiiDepartmentOfTransportation