Safe Routes to Parks (SRTP) is the National Recreation and Parks Association’s campaign to implement environmental, policy, and program strategies that create safe and equitable access to parks for all people. These strategies align with the goals of the 10-Minute Walk campaign and are great tools and resources to increase access and safe walking connections to parks. re:TH!NK’s Active Communities team adopted the SRTP framework as a way to increase the number of Winnebago County residents using active transportation (biking/walking/public transit) to access low/ no cost local recreational facilities.
After the team surveyed residents to determine which parks were of high priority to access by walking and bicycling, the team began testing out SRTP audit tools. For the past two years, SRTP pilot audits have been conducted to determine what audit tool components will best suit the needs of Winnebago County residents. The team wanted to find a tool that would be the easiest for interested residents to use while still would capture important data needed to compile recommendations that would be shared with municipal staff and elected officials.
Team members enlisted the help of UW Oshkosh student and residents of the Stevens Park Neighborhood Association to test different SRTP audit tools and six SRTP audits have been conducted through June 2019. The audits look at park access, i.e. the biking and walking built infrastructure of the areas surrounding parks, not necessarily at the park amenities themselves.
The team compiled SRTP summary reports for each neighborhood around prioritized parks. The two audits conducted in summer 2019 were compiled by Area Health Education Center intern and Oshkosh resident Kiley Klauer as part of her internship with the Winnebago County Health Department. (Thank you Kiley!) These pilot audits helped the team create a customized SRTP audit tool that will be shared with resident groups and stakeholders in the coming months.
Click the links below to review recommendations for improved active transportation access to parks in Winnebago County:
Thank you to East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (ECWRPC) for being a long-term and loyal partner of re:TH!NK. ECWRPC has done a lot of work with re:THINK’s Active Communities and Social Connectedness teams, especially in our latest project. ECWRPC staff Tyler DeBruin and Ashley Tracy from the Safe Routes to School program helped tremendously to make the pop-up crosswalk happen on 5th Avenue and Knapp Street in the Sacred Heard Neighborhood of Oshkosh. Tyler also co-presented at the 2019 Wisconsin Public Health Association conference about re:TH!NK’s whole experience with the pop-up crosswalk project. His technical expertise was a tremendous asset and contributed to the success of the project.
A temporary crosswalk has “popped up” at the corner of 5th Avenue and Knapp Street in Oshkosh. A pop-up is a resident-led approach to neighborhood building using short-term, low-cost and scale-able interventions to catalyze long-term change. Residents of Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association have identified this intersection as sometimes difficult and unsafe to cross. This intersection is close to Franklin Elementary School, Stoegbauer Park and St. Jude Catholic Church, places where children and families frequently go.
The goals of this temporary demonstration project are:
- Hear from residents about the real-world use of streets and public spaces
- Engage community members in activities that impact issues they’ve identified
- Test aspects of a project before making large financial investments
- Encourage people to work together in new ways, strengthening relationships between residents, non-profits, local businesses, and government agencies
Did you experience the pop-up crosswalk? Share your thoughts about it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/popupcrosswalk
The pop-up crosswalk will only be up through May 8, 2019 so make sure to check it out next time you’re out and about. Search #reTHINKcrosswalks on Facebook for additional project info!
This project could not have happened with out so many community partners combined efforts. Thank you to Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association, St. Jude the Apostle, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Safe Routes to School program, Art City Wraps, Uptown, Oshkosh Storm Companies, Growing Oshkosh, UW Oshkosh Sociology and Geography Departments, and the City of Oshkosh.
If you’re looking for the best routes for walking and bicycling in Winnebago County, there is a new resource for you! The Winnebago County Trails map, put together by the Winnebago County Bike/Ped Stakeholder Team, shows paved and unpaved routes, trails and facilities along with important amenities and features like public restrooms, points of interest, pet friendly areas, and fix-it stations. The online map works on any smart device and printed maps will be finished soon.
View and use the online map here: https://bit.ly/2Dja4As
If your travels take you outside of Winnebago County, check out http://foxcitiesgreenways.org/trails/trail-mapping/
To suggest additions or edits to the map, contact Emily edieringer @ co.winnebago.wi.us
BikeOsh is a free bike-themed event to promote using bike lanes, sharrows, trails and other bicycling amenities, local businesses and healthy living. This scavenger-hunt, Amazing Race-style event gives you a chance to try out using your bike for transportation and experience Oshkosh in a whole new way. The fourth annual BikeOsh is on Saturday, May 11 starting at 10am.
Use your pedal pass to get stamps at pitstops located all over the city. Start at any pitstop you choose. The more pitstops you get to, the more stamps you collect, the more tickets you receive for chances to win awesome prizes donated by our pitstop sponsors! Pedal passes will be available on event day at all pitstops, but we recommend you try picking one up prior to the event or download and print it here: Pedal Pass 2019
Go solo or as a group, but make sure you go on your bike. Helmets are strongly encouraged and follow all the rules of the road. Meet at the Oshkosh Seniors Center at 1pm for more fun and prizes!
Let everyone know you’re riding on May 11 on the BikeOsh event page. Use the hashtag #BikeOsh on social media to tell us how your ride goes. Visit the BikeOsh Facebook page or follow @BikeOshkosh on Twitter for other updates and photos!
In 2018, re:TH!NK updated the mission statement and logo, worked on Safe Routes to Parks audits, educated youth about healthy food choices, partnered with the Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association, conducted Festival Scans, and finally reached its goal of tobacco-free parks in Oshkosh!