Improve a school zone and children are supposed to be safer…
That's the way it's supposed to work, right?
Well, in this case that seems to be exactly what has happened?
A recent study shows that child pedestrian injuries have decreased by more than 40% since changes were made to roadways near some of the city's schools.
These changes included building islands in the center of wide streets, setting up speed-monitoring signs, and installing more traffic lights and speed bumps.
Safe Routes to School
The changes were financed by the Safe Routes to School program, which allocated $612 million from improvements to sidewalks, streets, and traffic patterns around schools. According to a 2011 progress report, program funding has been spent on 10,400 schools in all 50 states and Washington, DC, benefiting 4.8 million school children.
The Safe Routes to School program is taking a two-birds-with-one-stone approach: the program seeks to improve the routes to school so that more students will feel safer about walking or riding their bicycles, thereby encouraging more students to get more exercise.
According to the program's Website, at present only 15% of school children walk or bicycle to school.
How Safe is Your Child's Walk to School?
When you send your child off to school in the morning — whether they walk alone, catch a bus, or get dropped off at the sidewalk outside the building — how confident do you feel about their safety?
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