Safe Routes to School Plan

In November 2010, the Wisconsin DOT awarded a “Safe Routes to School” Planning Grant to the City of Franklin that was pursued by the Franklin Trails Committee and Common Council. This planning grant is part of a federal grant program to encourage children ages K-8 to walk and bike to school by creating safer walking and biking routes.   

Through the awarded grant, the City received planning services from a state-hired consultant, SAA Design Group, who worked with the Franklin Trails Committee to complete a Safe Routes to School Plan (SRTS) for Pleasant View Elementary School located at 4601 W. Marquette Avenue. This plan, entitled the “Pleasant View Elementary SRTS Implementation Guide”, provides a background of the SRTS program and takes a close look at the existing infrastructure surrounding Pleasant View Elementary School and other issues that affect safe routes. The plan also contains three surveys that were distributed as part of this study and used to gather input from students, parents, and teachers regarding the multi-modal accessibility of Pleasant View Elementary School. The plan recommendations include infrastructure and non-infrastructure improvements that were developed around the “5 E’s”: Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, Evaluation, and Engineering. In addition, the report provides information on best SRTS practices and lists potential funding sources.  

The Franklin Common Council, at their November 15, 2011 meeting, approved the “Pleasant View Elementary Safe Routes to School Implementation Guide” as a guideline reference within the 2025 Comprehensive Master Plan.  Now that the planning stages are complete, the Franklin Trails Committee is hoping to receive a much larger second grant to pay for the planned improvements.  The Safe Routes to School Implementation Guide can be viewed below.

Pleasant View Elementary Safe Routes to School Implementation Guide - November 2011