Be a "walk star" by participating in International Walk to School Day Wednesday, Oct. 9. This fun, healthy, no-cost event encourages everyone - students, parents, teachers, community members, and organizations - to get out on sidewalks and trails. Participating with school children emphasizes the importance of increasing physical activity, teaching pedestrian safety, showing concern for the environment, reducing traffic congestion; and building connections between families, schools, and communities.
This year's International Walk to School Dayis expected to draw participation from more than 4,000 schools from all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.Walkers will unite with children and adults in 40 countries around the world.
This event is an opportunity for families with children who typically ride a school bus, but live in areas with bike-friendly paths to school, to try walking and bicycling to school. If students still need to ride a bus, many schools participate by arranging for school buses to drop off students at a nearby park or other safe location to finish the trip on foot. The drop-off option can also be used for students who are usually driven to school in private automobiles.
To get involved, register for the event at www.walkbiketoschool.org. The site includes a variety of useful information for parents and participating schools. Data collected from registrations will be used to make future programs stronger.
International Walk to School Day also encourages parents and community members to help schools conduct a walkability assessment of their neighborhoods. The Iowa Department of Public Health, through its Iowans Fit for Life Program, has developed a walkability checklist to help walkers assess what makes the walking environment inviting and safe, as well as identify existing barriers. After the assessment, school staff can help students become advocates for a more walkable community. The walkability assessment is available at www.idph.state.ia.us/iowansfitforlife/common/pdf/access_your_community.pdf
To encourage participation in Walk to School Day, the Iowa Department of Transportation has free materials available, including "I'm a walk star" stickers, erasers, and zipper pulls; and "Walk to School" pencils and sneaker stickers. To order any of these items, contact the Iowa Bicycle Coalition at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UERPC 2019 August Newsletter is here!
The draft long-range, multimodal transportation plan for RPA-1, Safe Mobility for Everyone, is available for public review on UERPC's website. The RPA-1 Policy Board will hold a public hearing and consider adoption of the plan at its upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at UERPC's offices in Postville, located at 134 West Greene Street.
Comments may be submitted via the comment form on the webpage linked above. Written or verbal comments may also be submitted to Aaron Detter, UERPC, 325 Washington Street, Suite A, Decorah, IA 52101, by email at email@example.com, or by phone at 563-382-6171. Comments must be received before September 19, 2019.
The UERPC 2019 August Newsletter is here!
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Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission has a job opening for a full-time Community Housing Associate. The Community Housing Associate will work under the general direction of the Housing Department Head and will be responsible for providing community development administrative and technical assistance to Upper Explorerland and its individual member cities and counties. This position works primary with federally funded programs designed to assist low income homeowners and first-time home buyers with housing rehabilitation projects within the five-county region served by Upper Explorerland. The Community Housing Associate assists with all aspects of administering grant programs within the Housing Department, including, but not limited to, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Program, Northeast Iowa Regional Housing Trust Fund (NEIRHTF) and Federal Home Loan Bank.
Please submit resume and references to: Katie Nolte, Housing Department Head, 134 W. Greene St., Postville, IA 52162 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upper Explorerland is an EEO/EEP employer.