RWA Students Aim To Fix Transportation
Last week the students in the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance Urban Planning Program at Scholars’ Academy presented their concepts for improved transportation in the Rockaways to a packed house of experts from agencies and organizations including the Department of Transportation, National Parks, NYC Parks as well as local residents and family members concerned with making Rockaway’s streets safer.
Students worked in groups to present their ideas including concepts for a recreational bike share for the Rockaways, a designated lane for biking on the boardwalk, a bayside greenway and a lane under the elevated tracks for bikers and pedestrians. The students collected data from previous accident reports and census records to build a case for their proposals. Having many of the agencies knowledgeable in these types of projects in the room was very helpful, because they were able to recommend possible funding for the projects to be implemented.
The students in the program range in age from 12- 17 and impressed the panel with their Powerpoint presentations and well researched boards. Hopefully many of the projects can be carried out through the students’ work in the year to come in which they will be presenting their proposals to elected officials and others who may be able to help designate funding to implement their ideas.