Final Project Title
Pedal Your Way To A Safer N.A.
How many students heard the message of your project?
Estimated percentage of your student body?
Who has your project aimed to reach? (check all that apply)
Community at large
Objective: Clearly state the objective of your project.
The objective of Pedal Your Way To A Safer N.A. was to spread pedestrian safety awareness throughout the community. The goal was to get community members to go out and bike (also walk and skate) safely because it is a covid-friendly activity that is good for physical, mental/emotional, and social wellness. And, its a positive environmental attribute!
The target audience was the community at large in addition to ALL of the students currently enrolled in the schools in North Arlington.
Execution: Describe your project and its implementation
Our project was to host a town wide event where people could engage in bike riding throughout the town safely. This would spread awareness for pedestrians in general. The implementation phase again, (just like the year prior) was cancelled due to the current pandemic. However, we shifted our plans to make the event a week long virtual event.
Teamwork: Show how you worked as a team in designing and implementing your project (examples: sign-in-sheets at meetings, photos of group working on tasks).
Our Traffic Safety Team has been working for three years on developing ideas for large-scale campaigns. Last year we met monthly to get a bike lane implemented into a main road in our town. Unfortunately, due to legal concerns we were unable to attain this. Then, covid 19 hit and our new plans were put on hold. Getting back on our feet in September of this year we met several times and went back to having our monthly Traffic Safety Team meetings. We made a new plan and collected data through questionnaires and discussions with students and staff. We conducted an online pledge day where we aimed to get all Seniors, Juniors and staff that drive to take the pledge. We donated in house made bicycle safety coloring books to elementary students in town. We hosted a week long bicycle safety on line initiative to spread awareness.
Use of resources: Show how you used local resources to help identify. deliver, assess and present your project (examples: nearby colleges, local police departments, persons affected by teen crashes, local/county/state governments, local businesses).
School Administration Local businesses Town Officials Chief of Police/police department
Use of media: Document how you made use of media in your project (examples: local radio, TV, newspapers, social media, websites, video, PSAs)
We created our own Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (this may not seem impressive, but in our school this is H U G E – our school administration team is not on board with the use of social media). We held meetings with the Administration explaining the importance of this and we were able to get it approved! We also posted our information on the Principals blog. We also developed an email address which allowed for transparent dissemination of materials.
Thoroughness: Show how your project demonstrates an understanding of teen driving safety
Teen drivers need to understand that it is not only other cars that they are responsible for when they are on the road. All pedestrians, including bicyclists have the same rights as everyone else. Our project raises awareness for this.
Impact: Explain how you measured change and impact of your project
We conducted pre campaign surveys and post campaign surveys. Our project did not go as planned but our message still got out to the students according to the surveys.
Sustainability: How will your project have a lasting effect within your target group?
The effects of the pandemic will be long lasting. In a positive way, hopefully people will continue to walk, skate, and bike like they did during this time. The community should continue to spread awareness for bicycle safety throughout town for years to come.
Unexpected Lessons Learned: Describe any unintended results that came out of your project.
It was hard to maintain a campaign while the majority of the school year, the students were home, participating in virtual school.
Stipend Reporting: Your school received a stipend to support your Champion School Teen Driving Safety Project. Additionally, any funds that you raised as a result of your project must be reinvested into transportation safety. The purpose of this report is to itemize expenditures for your project that were paid from the stipend
Pedestrian Safety Coloring books $75
Merchandise (shirts and sweatshirts) $450
Bracelets & lanyards (promotional items) $165
Did your school project raise any funds as a result of the stipend received? For example, did your school utilize the stipend to purchase t-shirts for a fundraiser?