National Center for Safe Routes to School Releases Resource

On SRTS Programs That Reduce Speeding and Distracted Driving

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (February 16, 2012) – To highlight the visible results gained by communities and to provide examples of how successful SRTS programs have tracked progress, the National Center for Safe Routes to School has developed a three-part series of Getting Results resources.  Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Speeding and Distracted Driving, the second installment of the three-part series, was released today.

Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Speeding and Distracted Driving focuses on how Safe Routes to School programs in Brattleboro, Vt.; Greenville, N.C.; Rockville, Md.; Washington, D.C.; and Alexandria, Va., measured success in reducing the numbers of speeding cars and distracted drivers. The program leaders used a variety of activities to decrease dangerous driving behavior, including installing or upgrading pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, enforcing speed and distracted driving laws and conducting public information campaigns.

The resource offers tips such as: SRTS programs that aim to reduce speeding and distracted driving should take a baseline measurement of the targeted behavior before implementing any strategic changes so that it can be compared to behavior once those efforts are underway or complete.

View the complete resource at www.saferoutesinfo.org/program-tools/getting-results-reduce-speeding-and-distracted-driving.

The first piece, Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Traffic, shows that SRTS programs in Utah, Colorado, Georgia, North Carolina, Vermont and California measured success after using a variety of traffic reduction strategies.  The third installment in the series, which will explore increased student participation in walking and bicycling, will be released in the following months on the National Center’s website.                 

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About the National Center for Safe Routes to School

Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School assists states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school. The National Center serves as the information clearinghouse for the federal Safe Routes to School program with funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Part of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center, the National Center also provides technical support and resources and coordinates online registration efforts for U.S. Walk to School Day and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. For more information, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org.

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