Safe routes to school aided by Village GIS

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The Village of Wheeling is currently putting together information to
create a safe crossing zone in accordance with the Safe Routes to School
Program. The village is looking into creating an improved cross walk at
the intersection of Anthony Rd. and Schoenbeck Rd. due to its proximity
to both Booth Tarkington Elementary School and Jack London Middle
School. This would allow students who are walking to school to cross a
major intersection more safely. One important aspect needed to determine
if this would be an ideal location where an improved cross walk should
be placed is a map showing the attendance boundaries for each school in
the study. By knowing where the students are coming from, the village
can determine if this intersection is appropriate for an improvement.

To help in the process, a map was created showing the attendance
boundaries for the elementary and middle schools in each village. The
attendance boundaries were merged together so that the elementary school
districts fit into their respective middle school districts. This
allows the map to show that, in the target study area, students from
both Booth Tarkington Elementary and Jack London Middle School have to
cross the intersection of Anthony Rd. and Schoenbeck Rd. to be able to
walk to school. Without GIS, the planning department would have to spend
time combining hand drawn maps to figure out the exact attendance
boundaries for each school. By using GIS, the planning department was
able to quickly determine the attendance boundaries, saving them a
considerable amount of time.

Safe routes to school aided by Village GIS

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The Village of Wheeling is currently putting together information to
create a safe crossing zone in accordance with the Safe Routes to School
Program. The village is looking into creating an improved cross walk at
the intersection of Anthony Rd. and Schoenbeck Rd. due to its proximity
to both Booth Tarkington Elementary School and Jack London Middle
School. This would allow students who are walking to school to cross a
major intersection more safely. One important aspect needed to determine
if this would be an ideal location where an improved cross walk should
be placed is a map showing the attendance boundaries for each school in
the study. By knowing where the students are coming from, the village
can determine if this intersection is appropriate for an improvement.

To help in the process, a map was created showing the attendance
boundaries for the elementary and middle schools in each village. The
attendance boundaries were merged together so that the elementary school
districts fit into their respective middle school districts. This
allows the map to show that, in the target study area, students from
both Booth Tarkington Elementary and Jack London Middle School have to
cross the intersection of Anthony Rd. and Schoenbeck Rd. to be able to
walk to school. Without GIS, the planning department would have to spend
time combining hand drawn maps to figure out the exact attendance
boundaries for each school. By using GIS, the planning department was
able to quickly determine the attendance boundaries, saving them a
considerable amount of time.