About This Project

About the city of Rancho cordova:

The City of Rancho Cordova is a safe and vibrant community that encompasses almost 34 square miles. Highway 50 bisects the city, with development to the north and development to the south. Rancho Cordova has 235 miles of roadways and 17 miles of on-street bikeways and 14 miles of off-street paths. Some schools are located adjacent to off-street paths/trails and students are able to use those facilities, but for the most part students must travel on-street.

Community Outreach:

Through a variety of opportunities, parents, students, school staff, and community members have played a key role in understanding the existing conditions around school and in informing recommendations for the Safe Routes to School Master Plan. A stakeholder advisory committee, consisting of school staff, Sacramento County Public Health, Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce, Rancho Cordova Parks District, Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Sunriver Neighborhood, and Bicycle Advocates of Rancho Cordova (BARC), provided high-level guidance on this Plan and helped share information about the project with their organizations and community.

 

Phase 1 Schools:

  • Walk audits were held October – December 2018 at the schools to observe pedestrian, bicyclist, and driver behavior near schools with school staff, project team members, and parents.

  • School pop-ups were held March – April 2019 schools to gather additional information from students, parents, and staff about traffic safety

  • A public community workshop was held in May to present draft recommendations and suggested routes for schools identified under Phase 1. 

 

Phase 2 Schools:

  • Walk audits will be performed during September-October 2019, followed by a public community workshop to present safe routes to school recommendations.

Background:

Currently, most students in Rancho Cordova are driven to school in private vehicles or arrive by bus. At some schools, where students live in close proximity, more walk or bicycle. In some neighborhoods, off-street paths and continuous sidewalks allow students and families to get to school on foot or bike. In other parts of the city, higher speed roads and incomplete sidewalks make walking and bicycling more difficult.

 

The City has a Pedestrian Master Plan (adopted 2011) and a Bicycle Master Plan (adopted 2016) that describe existing infrastructure for walking and bicycling, as well as recommended improvements. During the Pedestrian Master Plan process, City staff worked with school administrators to identify challenges, and opportunities at Rancho Cordova’s school sites. In general, school administrators were looking for more visible pedestrian crossings of streets adjacent to schools, along with signing that alerts drivers to student activity. Specific needs for improvement at school sites were identified, in addition to, the school area improvement needs identified in the Pedestrian Master Plan and the Bicycle Master Plan identified key bicycle-related needs and opportunities.

Process:

During the development of the City of Rancho Cordova’s Pedestrian Master Plan (adopted 2011) and the Bicycle Master Plan (adopted 2016), City staff worked with school administrators to identify concerns and opportunities to access Rancho Cordova’s school sites. In general, school administrators were looking for more visible pedestrian crossings of streets adjacent to schools, along with signing that alerts drivers to student activity.  The information identified led to the need for a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Master Plan, focused specifically on access to and from schools in Rancho Cordova.

 

​The development of the SRTS Master Plan will be performed through interaction with appropriate stakeholders from the City, school districts, students, parents, and community members to identify infrastructure and program improvements needed to provide a safe and connected network that will promote walking and bicycling to schools. The project will also include the initial planning work necessary to enable the City to be competitive in seeking Active Transportation Program funding to finance needed infrastructure improvements. 

 

The Plan is being developed in two Phases.  Phase 1, conducted from Fall 2018 through Summer 2019, included the following schools:

  • Cordova Meadows Elementary School

  • Cordova Gardens Elementary School

  • Peter J Shields Elementary School

  • Williamson Elementary School

  • Rancho Cordova Elementary School

  • White Rock Elementary School

  • Cordova Village Elementary School

  • Navigator Elementary School

  • A M Winn Elementary School

  • Abraham Lincoln Elementary School

  • Mills Middle School

  • W E Mitchell Middle School

  • Cordova High School

Phase 2, beginning in Summer 2019 and continuing through the Fall, will include a number of additional private and non-traditional public schools in Rancho Cordova. 

 

The complete SRTS Master Plan will cover all Phase 1 and 2 schools and is expected to be completed by December 2019.

Project TimelinE:

The project timeline is subject to change.

Information will be updated as it becomes available.

Summer

2018

Project Kickoff

Existing Conditions Review

Fall

2018

Advisory Committee Formed

 

Phase 1 School Audits:

  • School Walk Audits

  • Bike & Walk to School Counts

  • Parent Surveys

Winter

2019

Develop Draft Recommendations, Phase 1 Schools

Spring

2019

School Pop-Up Events

Advisory Committee Feedback

Present Draft Recommendations to Public, Phase 1 Schools

Community Workshop

Summer

2019

Finalize Recommendations for Phase 1 Schools

  • Conduct Outreach to Additional Phase 2 Schools

Sept

2019

Phase 2 Additional Schools

  • Conduct School Walk Audits

Oct

2019

Final Master Plan and Public Hearings

  • Develop Infrastructure & program recommendations

  • Develop suggested routes to school maps

  • Conduct student travel tallies and parent surveys (optional)

Nov

2019

Provide Draft reports to the City/School

Hold Public Workshop

Dec

2019

Final Master Plan including all Phase 1 and 2 Schools

FUnding:

In 2017, the City participated in the Safe Routes to School Program, a joint project of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and UC Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center. This participation led to the production of the Rancho Cordova Safe Routes to School Action Plan. To further support the City’s efforts to continue enabling children and youth to safely walk and bicycle to and from school, the City applied for and was allocated Caltrans Active Transportation Program (ATP) funding from Caltrans for the preparation of the SRTS Master Plan.

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