School Trip Safety and Urban Play Areas

Volume I summarizes the entire project, providing an overview of the other documents developed during this Federal Highway Administration sponsored project. These include:

Volume II - Student and Driver Perception of School Trip Safety and Traffic Control Devices
Volume III - A Survey of teh Characteristics of the Urban Play Street
Volume IV - An Analysis of Daylight Savings Time-Related Student Pedestrian Safety Problems and Countermeasures
Volume V - Guidelines for the Development of Safe Route Maps for the School Walking Trip
Volume VI - Guidelines for Planning School Bus Routing and Schedules
Volume VII - Guidelines for the Creation and Operation of Urban Play Streets

Research findings obtained under the project indicate that young students (5-9 yrs) are overinvolved in pedestrian accidents and are unaware of, or do not discriminate between various traffic control devices when compared to older students (10-14 yrs). Drivers in school areas do not generally perceive school signs other than the flashing school speed limit signs. School trip safety programs incorporating walking trip maps prepared by traffic engineering personnel permit the school and the parents to focus on a tangible means of improving student safety.

The urban play street, which is a street temporarily closed to traffic while a variety of recreational activities for all age groups take place, provides a safe environment for urban play.

Authoring Organization: 
Federal Highway Administration