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 will evaluate 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 will evaluate these transformative infrastructure changes. The evaluation will include a comparison/control study with schools in the San Antonio area.

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

Cross-sectional study:

  • Participants: 70 schools in Austin area; 30 schools in San Antonio area all 3rd– 5th grade classrooms/teachers are requested to participate in this project
  • Project length: 5 years, biannual measurements between Fall 2018 and Spring 2023
  • Measurements: classroom tally and school policy survey

 

Cohort study:

  • Participants: 30 3rd grade students and parents per 30 schools in Austin and 30 3rd grade students and parents in 15 schools in San Antonio
  • Project length: 3 years, between Fall 2018 and Spring 2023
  • Measurements: we will follow the selected 3rd graders for two additional years after baseline with surveys and accelerometers; parent and child surveys

STREETS Research Study Video


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 Coordinator

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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