Community problems & solutions

What is a drop off and pick up lane and how does it work?

A drop-off and pick-up lane is an area on a street adjacent to school grounds or directly on the school grounds that is dedicated to the loading and unloading of students by private motor vehicles.

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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