Engineering

Can Engineering treatments alone adequately address the unique traffic conditions at rural schools?

Typically not. Engineering is only one piece of the solution to improving traffic safety and reducing congestion at all schools. The use of Enforcement, Education, and Encouragement tools are even more important for rural schools on two-lane arterials or State highways. Police Enforcement, along with the educational measures listed above may be needed to bring about safe and desirable traffic conditions.

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Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) - Part 7 Traffic Controls for School Areas

Section 7A.01 Need for Standards
Support: It is important to stress that regardless of the school location, the best way to achieve reasonably safe and effective traffic control is through the uniform application of realistic policies, practices, and standards developed through engineering judgment.

Authoring Organization: 
United States Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration

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Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD)

Authoring Organization: 
Federal Highway Administration

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Odense - Safe Routes for Children

Since the end of the 1970s, studies of routes to schools have been conducted within the Municipality of Odense Local authorities in Denmark have a statutory duty to make dangerous routes to schools safe, and an obligation to provide suitable transport while measures to make these routes safe are implemented. In the Municipality of Odense, a systematic programme of studies of 45 schools has been conducted. Every year a sum is earmarked in the municipal investment budget to cover projects relating to school routes.

Authoring Organization: 
European Union-Target

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Do you have an image library?

The National Center for Safe Routes to School does not have an image library. However, if you are interested in images of children walking and bicycling to school please visit the International Walk to School Day photo library at IWalk.org. Here you will find hundreds of images searchable by county, region, city and year.

Toolbox to Address Safety and Operations on School Grounds and Public Streets Adjacent to Elementary and Middle Schools in Iowa

Authoring Organization: 
Center for Transportation Research and Education, Iowa State University. Shauna Hallmark, Hillary I

Streets for People, Your Guide to Winning Safer and Quiter Streets

Streets for People is a toolkit full of solutions for traffic problems that people all over the city are talking about. It's also a description of how people everywhere are using these tools to beat back the threat that uncontrolled motorized traffic poses to their safety and quality of life. You can have a livable community while keeping motor vehicle access to homes and businesses. This booklet will show you the way.

Authoring Organization: 
Transportation Alternatives

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How can you make a wide street easier to cross?

A child's journey to school on a bicycle or by foot will likely require crossing one or more streets --. Underlying good, safe design at pedestrian crossings is the need to keep the street crossing simple. The development of safe crossings for children is guided by several principles including the need to;

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What tools exist to evaluate bike and pedestrian crashes to identify treatments for implementation?

Several tools exist for evaluating various treatments, for example, the Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System 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. Other tools and their links are listed below:

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