STREETS (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools)

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The STREETS Study (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools) is a five-year (2018 – 2023) natural experiment that is evaluating the City of Austin Safe Routes to School program. In 2016, the City of Austin approved $27.5 million in Mobility Bond Funds for Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects, including protected bike lanes, pedestrian islands, shared use paths, and pedestrian hybrid beacons. Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living Investigators are evaluating these transformative infrastructure changes. The evaluation includes a comparison/control study with schools in Central Texas.

The City of Austin Safe Routes to School program information is available online.

The STREETS (Safe TRavel Environment Evaluation in Texas Schools) study includes two rigorous approaches:

Cross-sectional study:

  • Participants: 3rd – 5th grade classroom teachers at 95 schools in Central Texas are currently participating in this project
  • Project length: 5 years, biannual measurements between Fall 2018 and Spring 2023
  • Measurements: classroom active commuting to school tally and school policy survey

 

Physical Activity in Children Cohort study:

  • 44 schools have been recruited
  • 439 students completed the objective physical activity measures
  • Project length: 3 years, between Fall 2018 and Spring 2023
  • Measurements: we are following participating 3rd graders for two additional years after baseline with surveys and accelerometers; parent and child surveys; school environmental audits

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STREETS Research Study Video

The City of Austin Safe Routes to School program information is available online.


People:
 

Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD, RDN, LD, CNS, FISBNPA
Director and Principal Investigator 

Deborah Salvo Dominguez, PhD
Co-Investigator 

Adriana Perez, PhD
Co-Investigator 

Casey P Durand, PhD, MPH
Co-Investigator

Shelton Brown III, PhD
Co-Investigator 

Harold W. (Bill) Kohl III, PhD
Co-Investigator 

Leigh Ann Ganzar, MPH, DrPH
Post-doctoral fellow

Sarah S. Bentley, MPH
Project Director

For more information about this project, please contact:
Sarah S. Bentley, MPH
Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living
1616 Guadalupe Street, Suite 6.300
Austin, Texas 78701
Sarah.S.Bentley@uth.tmc.edu
512-482-6152

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STREETS Healthier Texas Summit Presentation

10/17/2019 - Hitting the STREETS: Evaluating the Health Effects of the City of Austin’s Safe Routes to School Program

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UTHealth drives forward programs to stop childhood obesity

Two grants totaling nearly $3.7 million will support the efforts of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to combat obesity and help Texas children achieve healthy lifestyles through the mission of the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living.