National Safety Council Partnership for a Walkable America

The Partnership for a Walkable America (PWA) is a national coalition working to improve the conditions for walking in America and to increase the number of Americans who walk regularly. The members are national governmental agencies and non-profit organizations concerned about three main areas: Health, Safety and the Environment.

Authoring Organization: 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Institute f

School Trip Safety and Urban Play Areas

Volume I summarizes the entire project, providing an overview of the other documents developed during this Federal Highway Administration sponsored project. These include:

Authoring Organization: 
Federal Highway Administration

The Relative Risks of School Travel

Authoring Organization: 
Transportation Research Board

Active Transportation to School: Trends Among U.S. Schoolchildren, 1969-2001

Please visit Am J Prev Med. 2007 Jun;32(6):509-16.
Active transportation to school trends among u.s. Schoolchildren, 1969-2001. by Noreen McDonald to read the abstract and access the article.

Authoring Organization: 
American Journal of Preventive Medicine

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Can Safe Routes to School be used for crosswalk marking?

Under the federal Safe Routes to School program, the program's guidance does not preclude crosswalk markings from being an eligible expense under the infrastructure piece of the funding provided that the location of the crosswalk is in the public right-of-way and public land, including those lands owned by public school districts, and within the two-mile boundary around the elementary or middle school.

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What percentage of morning traffic congestion is caused by children being driven to school?

Personal motor vehicles taking K-12th grade students to school accounted for five to seven percent of vehicle miles traveled and 10 to 14 percent of all personal vehicle trips made during the morning peak period (7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) in 2009.(1)  These percentages are based on an analysis of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Household Travel Survey and Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey. 

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How can we get the City to install a traffic signal at our school?

When there is a safety problem, such as speeding traffic near a school, you could be tempted to frame the issue in terms of the solution. For example, you might think a traffic signal would solve the problem. Although it is possible your idea is a good solution, it is more effective to seek input from the professionals before deciding on a solution.

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How can I improve the signage to alert motorist of entering a school zone area?

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) is the leading manual used throughout the US to set the standards and guide decisions on the type and placement of various traffic control devices. Chapter 7 of the MUTCD provides a tremendous amount of technical details on traffic control devices that have been approved by the Federal Highway Administration for use in school areas.

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