Community problems & solutions

How can a school separate cars and buses from pedestrians and bicyclists?

It may be appropriate to provide a separate travel lane for buses, a separate lane for private motor vehicles, and specific routes for pedestrians and bicyclists. Separate bus zones can be established either on the school site, or on the adjacent street, wherever sufficient room exists.

How can student drop off and pick up be improved?

When assessing the drop-off and pick-up process, activity on school grounds (on site) as well as activity in the area surrounding the school (off site) must be considered. Developing safe routes to schools requires an orderly process for dropping off and picking up children both on and off the school campus.

Numerous tools can be used to improve the safety and efficiency of the drop-off and pick-up process at schools including:

Why is a safe and organized student drop off and pick up important?

Some parents are reluctant to allow their children to walk or bicycle to school due to the traffic congestion and perceived traffic danger during student arrival and dismissal.

The drop-off and pick-up process must be safe and efficient for students and parents arriving by bus or private motor vehicle, as well as those who arrive on foot and bicycle.

Walk to School Initiatives

This booklet provides an overview of Walk to School programs, including reasons to hold an event and steps to making it a success.

Authoring Organization: 
National Center for Safe Routes to School

Annual Walk to School Report

The annual Walk to School report evaluates the progress of the Walk to School program in the US and across the globe, with highlights from the year's events.

Authoring Organization: 
National Center for Safe Routes to School

How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

How to Develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan will help state and local officials know where to begin to address pedestrian safety issues. It is also intended to assist agencies in further enhancing their existing pedestrian safety programs and activities, including identifying safety problems, analyzing information, and selecting optimal solutions. The guide also contains information on how to involve stakeholders, potential sources of funding for implementing projects and how to evaluate projects.

Authoring Organization: 
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
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Adult School Crossing Guard Guide

The Adult School Crossing Guard Guide outlines the role of the adult school crossing guard, the elements of a crossing guard program and the crossing Adult school crossing guards play an important role in the lives of children who walk or bicycle to school. They help children safely cross the street at key locations. They also remind drivers of the presence of pedestrians. The presence of adult crossing guards can lead to more parents feeling comfortable about their children walking or bicycling to school.

Authoring Organization: 
National Center for Safe Routes to School