Olathe Kansas School District: Remove Dedicated Drive between OS and HT Elementary from the 2013 Bond.

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Creating a dedicated drive between Olathe South High School and Heritage Elementary to alleviate traffic congestion at Olathe South will create a hazardous situation between young, inexperienced high school drivers and young preschool and elementary students who walk, bike and wait for parents everyday. Redirecting high school traffic through an already over-crowded elementary school parking lot/carpool lane is an unrealistic solution to poor traffic flow planning. Increasing noise and pollution while removing green space is not the solution.

Why put children aged 3-11 an an increased risk of accidental death.

"Child pedestrians are still at great risk of being seriously injured or killed, despite a sharp decline in the death rate over the last 10 years, according to a report issued today by the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. That's why SAFE KIDS and FedEx Express are partnering for the fourth consecutive year to mobilize communities on International Walk to School Day to highlight pedestrian safety issues and continue their efforts to fix environmental dangers, especially near schools. Report to the Nation on Child Pedestrian Safety, an analysis of current pedestrian injury research and data from 1990 to 2000, was released in recognition of International Walk to School Day (October 2).

Among the key points:

* In 1999, 733 children ages 14 and under died, and in 2000, nearly 44,600 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for pedestrian-related injuries.

* The traffic-related pedestrian death rate for children ages 14 and under declined 49 percent, and the injury rate declined 36 percent, from 1990 to 2000.

* Young children (ages 9 and under) have a pedestrian death rate 20 percent higher than children ages 10 to 14.

* Boys ages 14 and under have a pedestrian death rate 57 percent higher than girls.

* Forty-three percent of the child pedestrians killed in traffic- related incidents are hit after school and at dusk (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.).

* Eighty-one percent of traffic-related childhood pedestrian deaths occur at nonintersection locations.

* Thirty-seven percent of childhood pedestrian deaths among children ages 4 and under occur in nontraffic locations, including driveways, parking lots and sidewalks.

* Black children have a pedestrian death rate more than twice that of white children.

In a recent observational survey, SAFE KIDS also found that nearly 60 percent of parents and kids encountered serious hazards on their routes to school. Common hazards included a lack of sidewalks or crosswalks, wide roads, complicated traffic conditions, improper parking and speeding drivers.

"Walking to school should be a right of every child," said Heather Paul, Ph.D., executive director of the National SAFE KIDS Campaign. "Unsafe walking conditions are a local problem, and that's why we provide local solutions through our SAFE KIDS coalitions and FedEx Express."

There is also concern for the pedestrian/bike traffic along the trail system that crosses at Pawnee.  There are already many near misses at the trailway intersection-why take an unneccesary risk.  Especially for the middle school and highschool kids that walk/run this path for sports training.

We welcome funds that enhance the safety of our Heritage Elementary traffic flow but we do not want a roadway through our parking lot. Thank you for hearing our concerns.  We whole-heartedly support the Bond and appreciate the efforts taken to create-just without the line item of dedicated drive. 


Vanessa Flood

PTO President of Heritage Elementary

Concerned citizen of three school age children.

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