Engineering

Do you have materials for dealing with opposition against building neighborhood sidewalks?

This is not an uncommon issue that Safe Route to School teams face. Not everyone sees the value in providing sidewalks for children and others to use. Overcoming opposition can be challenging once it has arisen.

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Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Guidelines and Prompt Lists

Focuses on pedestrian safety in general and is not specifically focused on child pedestrians. Even users who are not conducting a full road safety audit may find important pedestrian issues presented and described in the detailed prompt list sections. This guide also includes images to illustrate particular safety concerns. See page 33 for safety considerations for child pedestrians.

Authoring Organization: 
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
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School Crossing Safety Audit Form

Addresses physical and traffic conditions at school crossings using a rating system. An accompanying document describes the process and purpose of conducting an audit. This succinct form can help to evaluate and compare the safety of different intersections within the school zone.

Authoring Organization: 
City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department

School Site Assessment

Addresses physical conditions and educational programs with a focus on schools and the school site. The process includes instructions for marking physical conditions on a school site map.

Authoring Organization: 
Keystone Healthy Routes

School Site Assessment for Traffic Safety

Requires a field observation and additional data collection because this audit addresses more than physical conditions. Part of Florida's Safe Ways to School Toolkit, this checklist includes administration and policy, student travel patterns, school siting policy, school traffic design, student pick-up and drop-off areas, bicycle parking, and safety and education programs.

Authoring Organization: 
Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program

School Site Audit

Addresses sidewalks and bicycle routes, student drop-off and bus loading areas, nearby intersections, sight distance, and traffic control.

Authoring Organization: 
Delaware Department of Transportation, adapted, with permission, from the Maryland SRS

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Neighborhood Site Audit

Includes detailed questions to help evaluate the safety of a particular route to school by addressing intersections, crosswalks, road segments, sidewalks, and security issues.

Authoring Organization: 
Delaware Department of Tranportation, adapted, with permission, from the Maryland Safe Routes to Sch

Walk to School Walkability Checklist

Includes questions about the school route for children and adults in a brief checklist. Questions focus on children's experience walking to school, including driver behavior and physical conditions, as well as their reasons for choosing a particular mode of transportation to school.

Authoring Organization: 
California Center for Physical Activity

Urban Neighborhood Assessment

Addresses physical conditions and educational programs with a focus on urban areas. The process includes instructions for marking physical conditions on neighborhood maps.

Authoring Organization: 
Keystone Healthy Routes

Suburban Neighborhood Assessment

Addresses physical conditions and educational programs with a focus on suburban areas. The process includes instructions for marking physical conditions on neighborhood maps.

Authoring Organization: 
Keystone Healthy Routes