It is with great pleasure that I announce the launch of the Milwaukee Smart Trip Pilot Program! With the grant for the program awarded in 2009, the program launch has been a long-time coming, but it is getting rolling quickly.
In a nutshell, Smart Trips programs involve intensive outreach to a target area with the goal of increasing the number of trips residents make by walking, biking, bussing and ridesharing. The success of the program will cost-effectively reduce the motor vehicle miles traveled within the program area which in turn will decrease congestion and improve air quality, while providing many additional benefits to residents like better health, more independence and increased savings.
Help us get the program going!
The first opportunity to get involved will be conducting traffic counts throughout the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods to assess current transportation modes like walking, biking and bussing. The program is being run by the Wisconsin Bike Fed in partnership with the City of Milwaukee and with funding from the WisDOT Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program. Help us get started by conducting traffic counts throughout the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods to help assess current transportation modes as part of the Smart Trips program.
When: 4- 6pm May 6 – 8th; 4 – 6pm July 8 – 10th; 4-6pm September 9 – 11th. Note that the sign-ups only list the Tuesday start date of each count period, yet volunteers are able to choose either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday depending on their schedule and the weather. However, all counts must be conducted from 4 – 6pm during one of those three days. Additionally, the count location sites are listed in order of priority–please consider signing up for locations of highest priority first.
How: Volunteers will receive a packet of instructions and materials before each of the count dates. If possible, volunteers will attend a 1 hour training session prior to their first time volunteering, but if unable to attend Shea, the Program Manager, will make sure that volunteers understand how to conduct the counts. The first volunteer training session is at 7pm Thursday, May 1st at Truly Spoken Cycles–Shea will contact all people who sign-up and confirm attendance at the training or make other arrangements.
All volunteers will receive some sort of goodie for helping with the project and volunteers who commit to all three count dates will get something extra special–I’m not sure what these things will be yet, but I do promise that they’ll be good! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Shea Schachameyer, Smart Trips Program Manager.