Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs are impacting communities across the country in measurable ways. Local SRTS programs can: help reduce traffic congestion in neighborhoods and around schools, improve driver behavior, and increase bicycling and walking to school. To highlight the visible results gained by communities and to provide examples of how successful SRTS programs tracked their progress, the National Center for Safe Routes to School has developed a series of “Getting Results” resources.
“These new resources are designed to help communities think ahead about how to identify desired outcomes and measure a program’s impact, and to highlight how SRTS programs have helped address problems that impact entire communities,” said Associate Director Nancy Pullen-Seufert. “Measuring the impact of SRTS activities can help a local SRTS program evaluate its progress, pursue additional funding or even market its efforts.”
The three-part “Getting Results” series will highlight SRTS programs that have helped achieve:
The first piece, “Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Traffic,” shows that specific schools in Utah, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, Vermont and California measured success after using a variety of traffic reduction strategies. For schools that seek to develop programs that reduce the number of vehicles near the school during arrival and dismissal times, they should take a baseline measurement of traffic before starting any strategies so that it can be compared to traffic once reduction efforts are underway or complete.
The next two “Getting Results” resources will be released in the following months, so check the Safe Routes to School website www.saferoutesinfo.org for examples of programs that have influenced driver behavior to improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and also for tracking increased walking and bicycling.