Policy & funding

Why Johnny Can't Walk to School

This report examines public policy effects on historic neighborhood school expansion, renovation, and replacement needs. It addresses four basic questions:

Authoring Organization: 
National Trust for Historic Preservation

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Safe Routes to Suits: Cracking the Liability Lies in Walking and Biking to School

In 2003 the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation intervened in a community where liability concerns caused the local school district staff to ban students bicycling to and from school. Research resulting from this intervention led us to see this as a nationwide phenomenon. Furthermore, as Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs proliferate, we believe their proponents will slam up against the liability wall more and more.

Authoring Organization: 
Chicagoland Bicycle Federation

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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

2002 Summary of Safe Routes to School Programs in the United States

Introduction Children's lives have altered dramatically over the last few decades. One of the most startling changes is how little independence and mobility they now have compared to the generations who grew up before them. Not so long ago, a vast majority of kids routinely roamed their neighborhoods on foot or bicycle, taking the first steps toward independence.

Authoring Organization: 
Transportation Alternatives
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Maryland Safe Routes to School Guidebook: A Guide for Parents and Communities

The materials in this guide will enable you to establish a successful and ongoing Safe Routes to School Program at your school-and to ultimately enhance the safety and health of your community for years to come.

Authoring Organization: 
Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee & Maryland Department of Transportation
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Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting

"Travel and Environmental Implications of School Siting," released by the EPA on October 8, 2003, is the first study to empirically examine the relationship between school locations, the built environment around schools, how kids get to school, and the impact on air emissions of those travel choices. Over the next few decades, communities making decisions about the construction and renovation of thousands of schools will be challenged to meet multiple goals -- educational, fiscal, and environmental.

Authoring Organization: 
Environmental Protection Agency

Safe Routes to School: Practice and Promise

Authoring Organization: 
Center for Health Training, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
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National Bicycling and Walking Study - Five Year Status Report

The National Bicycle and Walking Study presents a plan of action for activities at the Federal, State, and local levels for increasing the amount of walking and bicycling in the United States.

Authoring Organization: 
United States Department of Transportation

Design and Safety of Pedestrian Facilities

Design and Safety of Pedestrian Facilities, A Recommended Practice of the Institute of Transportation Engineers is intended to provide guidance on how to implement a comprehensive program of engineering, education and enforcement to improve safety for pedestrians.

Authoring Organization: 
Institute of Transportation Engineers