Improving pedestrian safety through walkable campus design - Free Report Download
School campuses need to welcome children arriving by foot, bike, bus, and car. Too often, a student walking to school is confronted with traffic congestion, unsafe crossings and a circuitous route to the front door. As documented by the Safe Routes to School movement, children who travel by “active transportation modes” are more likely to get the physical activity they need every day, arrive at school ready to learn, and gain independence through mastery over their own environment.
Since 2002, when the National Trust for Historic Preservation published their influential report “Why Johnny Can’t Walk to School,” educators, community activists, and school committees across the country have made progress both in choosing walkable, central locations for new schools, and in realizing the benefits of either renovating, retrofitting, or expanding existing neighborhood schools.
Communities have begun to:
However, as WalkBoston discovered in our work with communities across Massachusetts, even when communities build new schools in the right place, the design of school campuses still provides only limited support for walkers, and too often favors vehicles over walkers in their site layout.