Safe Routes to School Consulting

Safe Routes to School Program Development and Consulting

Michia has served as the Senior Planner on Safe Routes to School (SRTS) contracts and task assignments in four states.  As such, she successfully completed 20 Arizona SRTS School Route/Travel Plans and 28 SRTS site visit assessments (including seven on tribal reservations).  While working within Arizona’s tribal communities on SRTS program development, Casebier was instrumental in helping tribal transportation staff with the identification of local “goat trails” (desire lines) that students and community members cut through neighborhoods with repeated use.  These desire lines then often became the foundation for the development of tribal trail system networks, the formalization of which tribes could fund via SRTS and other transportation grant funds. 

Local SRTS Work 

Working with the ADOT Safe Routes to School program since its inception in 2006, MGT:

  • funded one of the first two ADOT SRTS Planning Assistance Program (PAP) grants on behalf of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, the first federally-recognized Native American tribe to receive a Safe Routes to School grant in the United States;
  • has taught the National Course nine times for Arizona communities, including provision of the course to more tribal communities than any other certified trainer in the country;
  • collaborated in May 2011 with the Arizona Department of Transportation’s SRTS Program and the PedNet Coalition (PedNet), a nationally-renowned non-profit bicycle and pedestrian organization, to deliver the first tribal SRTS workshop series in the U.S. on the Salt-River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, Arizona;
  • assisted ten Arizona tribes in 2010 and 2011 with various aspects of SRTS program development, including PAP site visits, SRTS grant writing workshop training, technical assistance via phone and e-mail, and consultant support to the ADOT SRTS program for the creation of the new Tribal Planning Assistance Program, in addition to numerous other local SRTS contract efforts between 2006 and 2013; and
  • partnered with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure, Inc. (now known as Wood) as a subconsultant to assist with development of a SRTS Action Plan for three charter schools within the City of Surprise, Arizona: Arizona Charter Academy, Imagine Preparatory School, and Imagine School at Rosefield.

National SRTS Work

Considered a national expert in effective SRTS program information dissemination to federally-recognized Native American tribes, and motivated to helping expand the outreach of the SRTS program to more rural and tribal communities across the United States, MGT:

  •  co-facilitated “SRTS in Indian Country: Understanding Program Development Challenges – Part I” and “SRTS in Indian Country: Success Stories and Lessons Learned – Part II”, a two-part webinar series, offered through the America Walks Coaching Action Network;
  • co-facilitated three SRTS workshops with Mr. Robert Johnson, PedNet’s Director of Consulting, at the 2012 Bureau of Indian Education Summer Institute;
  • presented “Increasing Tribal Pedestrian Safety via Safe Routes to School,” a 2011 National Tribal Transportation Conference breakout session;
  • collaborated with the PedNet Coalition and the civil and pavement engineering firm of NCE to assist the California SRTS Technical Assistance Resource Program in Sacramento with completion of  “Creating Safe Routes to School Programs for Tribal Communities in California“;
  • under PedNet’s funded 2012 Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) grant, “SRTS Workshops for Underserved Schools,” MGT developed a series of five 4½-hour SRTS Grant Writing Assistance Program workshops to educate Missouri school and community staff members on how to write competitive SRTS grants under the new Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) legislation.  Further, MGT was the technical advisor that provided 25 hours of free SRTS grant writing technical assistance to the communities of Ava and Charleston, Missouri, which were selected for SRTS program and grant writing development support utilizing the formal grant application that MGT drafted for PedNet and MoDOT to use; and
  • Working as a sub-consultant to HealthTrans Consulting, LLC, the PedNet Coalition’s prime contractor to Live Well Crawford County, MGT assisted with the technical writing (including document formatting and graphics incorporation) of the City of Pittsburg, Kansas’ Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, as well as the City of Girard, Kansas’ Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.