Safe Routes to School Milwaukee Report 2018

As the year ends and I begin to compile these reports; it’s a lot of data and numbers. That, of course, is a big part of showing how effective a program is in reaching the goals. SMART goals is what we hear often. And sure those are important, but I encourage you to scroll to the bottom after skimming the data and read the stories of the effect the Safe Routes to School Program has on individual youth in our community. Bike Fed staff taught 64 kids to ride a 2 wheeled bike. 16 kids went and bought a bike because of the program and countless memories were made on a bike all season.

Thanks a million to my wonderful staff who show caring and encouragement with immeasurable hearts all season and to every kid they meet.

SITE NAME

BIKE CLASSES

PED CLASSES

~ # students

Walk zone %rate

Pre/post test Avg +/-

Rogers St Academy

2

0

70

55%

+23.5%

Fernwood

7

7

440

39%

+21.7%

Neeskara

2

5

217

18%

+12%

US Grant

4

1

155

42%

+26.4%

Lowell

2

0

58

34%

+24%

Bethune

2

4

190

55%

+13%

Auer Ave

0

4

115

33%

N/A

Riley

2

2

128

28%

+26%

Kagel

1

0

18

57%

+19.5%

Vieau

1

0

16

12%

+33%

Townsend

1

0

14

33%

+29.2%

West Side Academy

1

0

16

63%

+8.7%

Doerfler

1

0

14

52%

+23.1%

Siefert

1

0

16

30%

+19.3%

Allen Field

1

0

16

54%

+24.5%

Story

1

0

16

24%

+25.6%

Whittier

1

3

100

N/A

+22%

Zablocki

4

2

172

47%

+23.9%

Bryant

2

0

60

35%

+27.7%

Next Door K5

0

4

100

N/A

N/A

Cooper

2

0

61

37%

+26.6%

Greenfield Bilingual

4

0

140

47%

+32%

Parkside

4

10

490

N/A

+24.2%

TOTALS

47

42

2622

——-

+23.2%

Encouragement Notes

Walk/Bike to School Day participants:

  • Fairview, Fernwood Montessori, Bay View Montessori, Parkside, Maryland Ave Montessori, Clement Ave. Fratney Elementary, Hopkins Lloyd, Westside Academy

Walking School Bus:

  • Lincoln Ave School launched a route in Fall of 2017 and has been a great success in increasing not only walking and engagement but attendance as well.

Neighborhood News article

  • Bike Fed is partnering with Zablocki to get one up and running by Spring 2019.

Continued to give schools bike racks. Clement Ave and Westside Academy received them this year. There are about 7 left to give to schools that request them.

We are aware of 16 Kids who bought a bike during or right after our program.

Staff taught 64 kids how to ride a bike for the first time.

Bike Driver’s Ed Teacher Evaluations

Forms response chart. Question title: Overall, How would you rate the program?. Number of responses: 26 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: What level of knowledge do you think the students had of bicycle safety prior to the program?. Number of responses: 26 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: What level of knowledge do you think the students have now, after the program?. Number of responses: 26 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: Do you feel that the content of the program was valuable?. Number of responses: 26 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: Do you feel that the content of the program was age approriate?. Number of responses: 26 responses.

What do you feel were strengths of program?

 

Students who normally aren’t able to bicycles get an opportunity to learn and ride bicycles. I saw joy in my student’s faces.

The instructors!

Instructor personalities

Rules of the road and safety.

Providing opportunities that the boys don’t normally have and showing them places they can ride with their families.

Emphasis on teamwork, knowledge of bicycle safety, engaging kids in the community. Positive and patient instructors!!

Great way to expose students to not only bike safety but different parts of the city. Great instructors who were able to adapt to the needs of our students and motivate them to get into biking.

Instructors from Bike Fed were excellent, patient good leaders

Great teamwork

The strengths are educating and teaching the children how to ride a bicycle and the rules of the road.

Giving members valuable bike safety training. Letting students see new places in the city. Knowledgeable staff

The instructors were very insightful and did a great job engaging the campers

The content and experience of riding the bikes

Road experience and practice riding

Great teachers that support new learners and the teachers expectations

The instructors are top notch, we had great weather this time and it is teaching authentic life long skills

The absolute wonderful possibility to learn bike riding and ensure safety. The teachers were knowledgeable and compassionate

Teaching the students how to ride safely on the city streets

Hands on program where students can apply what they learn.

The instructors are patient, knowledgable, and have handled my “active” students very well.

The students felt comfortable to ride their bikes after they learned from the lessons.

Giving them time to practice bike riding at school and off-site.

There is a balance between learning information and actually being on a BIKE and implementing the safety skills learned.

It is a program that is beneficial to kids with disabilities who need direct instruction in pedestrian safety

The hands on time they got to actually practice their skills

 

What do you see as a Weakness of the program?

 

I didn’t see any weakness but the schedule wasn’t the best. Not your fault too much going on.

not enough time

Too short

They don’t give away bikes.

None. I think it can be hard for my students to visualize different scenarios- maybe a video would be helpful?

Make it mandatory to attend first two days so that all students have initial instruction

I feel a bit more time could have been spent in the classroom talking about safety and biking in the road

Not enough rode experience

Kids having to share bikes. Weather has been a problem in the past but not this time

Possibly more instructors to assist.

We really need a 3rd person from bike fed to help the “learners.” We always have 3-5 every year.

I don’t see any weakness, I feel the students benefit from the program.

Maybe too much time in the classroom.

Make sure the staff walking in knows the population – I don’t think the trainer knew he was walking into a class of intellectually disabled children. Maybe have more training on how to communicate with kids of that nature. This is very important for this group but open discussion techniques don’t always work for them and you need to slow down and speak in as simple terms as possible.

not a program weakness, but a concern– space is an issue at Greenfield, and scheduling the times that do not conflict with outdoor recess is necessary for the program to be run more smoothly…

100% of teachers who filled out survey want the program to return to their school.

 

WALKING WISDOM EVALUATIONS

Forms response chart. Question title: 1. Overall, How would you rate the program?. Number of responses: 21 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: What level of knowledge do you think the students had of pedestrian safety prior to the program?. Number of responses: 21 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: What level of knowledge do you think the students have now after the program?. Number of responses: 21 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: Do you feel the conent of program was valuable?. Number of responses: 21 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: Do you feel the content of the program was age appropriate?. Number of responses: 21 responses.

Forms response chart. Question title: Would you like your class to have this lesson again in the future?. Number of responses: 21 responses.

 

What do you see as the strengths of the program?

 

Worksheet and Game. Good review for safety when walking.

Muscular memory walk

Getting practice by walking in the neighborhood

Making children more aware of their surroundings and less dependent on adults

The walking experience

crossing actual streets and seeing real traffic

The visuals that were used and the video

Safety, lots of different activities- audio, visual, kinesthetic, lots of examples. I think this is a valuable program and should be taught every year or every other.

Angie and Sebasteon kept the student’s attention and managed behaviors very well.

knowledgeable teachers, actually practicing the skills taught on a walk

The pace and practice

Teaching the children how to cross the street! They did an awesome job!

 

What do you see as the weaknesses of the program?

 

Just today for us we couldn’t go outside on the walk but weather wasn’t accommodating

All good

Asimo is pretty old. We need an new robot

It was a little hard to hear at end of line, so a little more voice projection

It would be good to have the visits maybe once a week for 3-4 weeks because they forget

none, would like the program taught yearly

I didn’t see any weaknesses.

 

STORIES FROM STAFF

Cooper School:

Three special ed students joined us in Ms. Pollman’s room for bike class every day, Austin, Devontae, and Amario. They were super sweet and excited, together with the rest of the class they were able to participate in all of the activities we planned, including riding in the road. Another student, Melanie, was repeating 5th grade so we had worked with her last year as well.  In order to help instill confidence in her abilities, Ms. Angie utilized her as a natural leader having already mastered our program last year. It was a tremendous help to have her rise to this leadership opportunity. Because of the support of the Cooper staff and our long relationship with Ms. Pollman, our classes here were able to conquer the intersection course and participate in extra bike activities that few school sites have time or support to make possible.

Whittier:

Every student at Whittier was riding a bike by the end of our program! One young lady was personally mentored by Ms. Angie.  Her family was so proud of her that they went out and purchased her a bicycle, both because of her accomplishment and the knowledge that she had the wherewithal to keep herself safe.  Stories like hers are why we keep returning to schools. It is incredibly rewarding to see this new autonomy develop in young people. It is also a reminder that our program is not just about bikes but helping students understand their own power and develop their ability to act on intrinsic motivation.

Lowell:

There was a student named McNeal that asked his father to buy him a bike during the program and he and his father started riding their bikes to school for the rest of the program.

Story:

There was a student named Jayden that really wanted to learn how to bike but unfortunately never got to that point. But Mrs. Barb was able to bring her tandem so we could take him with us on our rides. And after being very quiet and reserved while learning he really opened up and talked Barb’s ear off on the days he joined us.

Bryant:

There were two boys in the 4th grade class that were very upset the first few days because they didn’t know how to ride and they felt embarrassed about it. The other kids in their class learned how to ride very quickly and it left them feeling more alienated about it than initially. Ms. Caressa came a few days to supply us with some extra help for learners. With her help the boys broke out of their depressive funk and put some effort towards learning. Caressa even worked out some extra time with the teachers to provide the kids from both classes some extra help and almost all the learners were riding 100% unassisted by the end of the program

Townsend:

Working with Ms. S at Townsend was a beautiful week. One of the kids that learned to ride a bike struggled with weight issues and hadn’t yet mastered his physicality. On our last day his stepdad was able to join in on our group ride.  Watching and participating in Bike Camp with his son was an extremely prideful and memorable moment.

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