Communities initiate Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs for a variety of reasons. In an attempt to reduce the barriers for students to walk and bicycle to school, some programs focus on reducing traffic congestion and the number of cars around schools.
This brief looks at the problem of traffic congestion, provides an overview of local programs that successfully measured traffic reductions and outlines steps that programs can take to measure impacts of their activities.
What’s the Problem?
Heavy vehicle traffic in places with pedestrians and bicyclists increases the chance of a crash, and this increased risk can affect parent decisions on school travel.
Communities Are Making Improvements.
SRTS programs employ a range of activities in an effort to reduce the number of vehicles near schools. Some activities include establishing remote drop-off sites for private vehicles, promoting walking and bicycling and making improvements to the physical environment for walking and bicycling.