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.

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)
Resource File: 

Student Drop Off/Pick-Up Plan Guidelines

STUDENT PICK-UP/DROP OFF PLAN GUIDELINES While the City of Phoenix has no jurisdiction in school parking lots, what happens in a school parking lot often affects what happens on the streets near that school.

Authoring Organization: 
City of Phoenix (from

Improving School Drop-Off and Pick-Up Zones

Authoring Organization: 
California Walk to School Headquarters

Michigan Safe Routes to School Website

Michigan's Safe Routes to School website contains the following pages: About SR2S contains general information regarding Safe Routes to School. This includes a description of the program's mission and goals and an overview of Michigan's 2-year Safe Routes to School pilot project.

Authoring Organization: 
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Department for Community Health (MDCH), Gover

A Safer Journey to School

This guide for schools on travel plans takes account of our integrated transport policy to reduce car dependency, particularly for short journeys. It also builds upon the many good practices already in place in schools up and down the country. Safer Routes to School is the centerpiece of the Government's transport proposals for schools and the key to turning the practical steps in this guidance into action on the ground.

Authoring Organization: 
Transport 2000