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Wanted: Your Feedback about “Walkable” Elementary School Zones

Elementary School Boundary Changes

Walk Zone Surveys – Share YOUR Opinion

Dear Glebe Families,

Arlington Public Schools (APS) is in the early stages of adjusting future elementary school boundaries, that will go into effect in fall 2019. As part of this process, APS is engaging the Glebe community, and nearby neighborhood associations, to collect perspectives on walkability for all elementary school facilities. The information will be used for planning of the new school zone boundaries, which are slated for a November 2018 decision by the school board.

School planners are searching for places where they can work with Arlington County to add crossing guards, traffic signals, and other improvements to make walking to school easier and safer for more elementary students. That could allow the school system to reduce the number of bus routes and save money.

These busiest streets are marked in ORANGE on the accompanying maps. If there were improvements at some points on these most busy streets, such as a crossing guard, the district could plan to have more students walk across them. They are open to all feedback, including that residents do not find a particular area to be very walkable.

APS planners have mapped all our local school zones to assist you in giving your feedback as part of this process. The areas in pink on these maps are an existing walk zone for each of these schools. The areas in white are places that might be added to each school’s walk zone. The areas within the dotted boundary lines are within a 1/2-mile “walk shed,” where people are highly likely to walk to school, based on surveys. APS is studying areas that reach out to the edge of a 1-mile circle around each school. Beyond that, surveys show that people are not as likely to walk. There is overlap between the different schools, so make sure to look at all the maps that might involve your street.

Glebe families should provide input about walkability for multiple school zones before March 12th. Glebe’s survey will be closed March 15th.

Please use these online surveys to give your opinion here, and cite your specific planning unit number, if it is not listed, to make it easier for them to tabulate the data:

We will also have maps and paper surveys across from the Nurse’s Office in the Glebe Lobby.  Please turn in all paper surveys by 3/12. There will be a folder in the office to drop off the survey.

Neighborhood associations may also be holding walking “tours” for residents to look at local streets together and discuss the issues. The Waycroft-Woodlawn Civic Association is hosting walking “tours” this Saturday and Sunday (March 3 and 4) to get feedback about walking routes within that neighborhood. Members of the Glebe community who are interested in the issue are welcome to join.

  • Discussion/Walk to Glebe: 12 PM – Saturday, March 3, starting at 11th and Columbus. We will go up Buchanan Street to Glebe.
  • Discussion/Walk to ATS: 12 PM – Sunday, March 4, starting at Woodlawn Park playground, we will walk down Buchanan Street, across 11th Street, and down George Mason Boulevard to ATS.

Neighbors are encouraged to do their own “self-guided” walks and make note of their observations on the surveys. And please watch for notes from other civic associations in our area, that may host events. To review all of the walk zone resources, materials, and maps, please click here: https://www.apsva.us/elementary-school-boundary-change/walk-zone-resources/

Please also feel free to share your thoughts and questions directly with Glebe’s Walk Zone Task Group representatives:

Tara Blankinship (email) or Dawn Hardesty (email)

 

MAPS of School Facilities Near Glebe with Current and Potential Future Walk Zones:

School Zones Near Glebe

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