January 26th, 2011
WAY TO GOUncategorized, by Catherine Higgins.
Custom web-based software makes mapping safe routes a snap!
Utah’s Safe Routes to Schools program, administered by UDOT, has launched the newly redesigned Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP)™ software, a custom tool to assist schools in creating their safe routing plan maps. Already more than 20 percent of Utah’s elementary, junior high and middle school principals have accessed the free SNAP Software online to create a safe routes map for their school.
The Web-based software allows use on any PC/MAC and principals can share the map online with parents and students. SNAP Software interfaces with Google™ Maps to provide improved accuracy and ease of use. The program includes mapping symbols specific to identifying a safe route. Other features include a Spanish option and large format and quadrant printing.
“We believe that by providing Utah schools with an easy-to-use
resource to create a safe routes map, they will be more likely to get these maps into the hands of their students and help us encourage more children to walk and bike to school safely,” said Cherissa Wood, Utah’s Safe Routes to School coordinator.
The redesigned SNAP Software was created with feedback from more than 100 principals. UDOT also provides a detailed planning guide on how to map a safe route and create an inventory of the school’s walking and biking area.
–Cherissa Wood, UDOT SNAP Program Coordinator