Engineering

Comprehensive program boosts SRTS at Roosevelt Elementary School

Michigan is one of the most "overweight states," which provided a big incentive for community leaders to try to get children active at a young age and ingrain that activity so that it will be habit later in life.

Introduction

The biggest concern about implementing a Safe Routes to School program in Stevensville, Michigan, was the semi-rural Township’s lack of sidewalks near Roosevelt Elementary School. The largest subdivision is located within a mile of the school, but no one walked or biked because the route to school was along a busy street without sidewalks.  Most streets in the Township are asphalt with soft shoulders, resulting in inadequate space to walk on the side of the driving lane. 

Thinking outside the box brings safe routes to students with disabilities

Hillside students walk to downtown Allegan because it serves as a classroom for them to practice life skills.

Introduction

The Hillside Learning and Behavior Center in the Allegan-area ESA School District serves 93 students with disabilities from seven local school districts.  Students range in age from pre-kindergarten to 26 years old.

Community support builds comprehensive SRTS program


The St. Thomas Aquinas SRTS team consists of parents, neighbors, teachers and administrators. 

Introduction

St. Thomas Aquinas School is located in an urban neighborhood approximately four miles north of downtown Indianapolis. It serves 221 students in kindergarten to 8th grade. Officials estimate that 85 percent of the students live within two miles of the school and could walk or bicycle to school if conditions were better. However, surveys taken prior to instituting an SRTS program showed that less than 15 percent of students walked or biked to school.

Getting Results: SRTS Programs That Reduce Traffic

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.

Authoring Organization: 
National Center for Safe Routes to School

Recent Webinar: What Does It Take To Get Drivers To Yield: Engineering Measures That Work

Topic

One of the greatest challenges for many schools and neighborhoods is finding the appropriate measures to slow traffic in the areas where pedestrians cross the street. Which devices will be most effective? What are the costs? What are the maintenance requirements? Are there liability issues?

Engineering: SRTS Guide

Engineering approaches can improve children's safety to enable more bicycling and walking. Engineering is a broad concept used to describe the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of traffic control devices or physical measures. This chapter of the SRTS Guide serves as a toolbox of various engineering techniques aimed at creating safe routes to school. It focuses on tools that work to create safe routes by improving paths, creating safer crossings and slowing down traffic.

Authoring Organization: 
SRTS

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Engineering: Tip Sheets: Assessing Walking and Bicycling Routes: A Selection of Tools

The following tip sheets offer guidance for assessing and mapping walking and bicycling routes.

Authoring Organization: 
SRTS

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Engineering Tip Sheets: Tips for Creating Walking and Bicycling Route Maps

The following tip sheets offer guidance for assessing and mapping walking and bicycling routes.

Authoring Organization: 
SRTS

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Engineering: BIKESAFE

The Bicycle Countermeasure Selection System (BIKESAFE) is an expert system that allows the user to select appropriate countermeasures or treatments to address specific problems. BIKESAFE also includes a large number of case studies to illustrate treatments implemented in communities throughout the United States.

Authoring Organization: 
SRTS

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Engineering: PEDSAFE

The Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System (PEDSAFE) is intended to provide practitioners with the latest information available for improving the safety and mobility of those who walk. The online tools provide the user with a list of possible engineering, education, or enforcement treatments to improve pedestrian safety and/or mobility based on user input about a specific location.

Authoring Organization: 
PEDSAFE

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