By Mike Spack, PE, PTOE
The first step in any planning exercise, including developing a School Traffic Safety Plan, should be determining the current situation. Then you can develop alternatives for changing the existing transportation systems.
Here’s a checklist for documenting your school’s existing transportation system
How do your parking lot/lots currently function?
- Bus circulation
- Parent parking
- Student parking (if high school)
- Parent drop-off/pick-up procedure
- Students walking in parking lot?
- Where are students outside of adult supervision?
- Document the number of vehicles and students involved with the above maneuvers
What routes do kids use when they walk or bicycle to school?
- Are there sidewalks or trails along the whole route?
- Is there a map of the sidewalk/trail system published for parents and students?
- How many students come along each route?
- Where do routes cross streets?
- What signs, pavement markings, and signals are within the routes and school zone?
- Do you have school crossing guards?
- Do you have “walking school buses” or “bicycling trains”?
- Turn lanes
- Speed limits
- Traffic control in place at intersections
- Traffic volume counts
Do student groups leave the campus for any events?
Links to Each of the 7 Components of an Effective School Safety Plan
- Documenting Existing Transportation Systems at Schools
- Minimizing Vehicle and Student Interaction – A Look at Loading Zones
- Minimizing the Impacts of School Traffic
- Increasing Student Visibility in School Zones
- Slowing Down Traffic in School Zones
- Controlling Arrivals and Departures at Schools
- Traffic Safety Education for Students
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