12.15.2009

Re: Safe Routes to School

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership put out a new report today detailing examples of how Safe Routes to School programs have succeeded throughout the U.S.

Some highlights of the report are:

  • A school district in Santa Rosa, Calif., saw a 63 percent increase in children using the crosswalks to cross the street rather than crossing at unmarked locations, after children received pedestrian safety education.
  • Since the launch of the WalkSafeTM child pedestrian safety program in Miami-Dade County, Fla., in 2001, there has been a 43 percent decrease in the number of children 14 and younger hit by cars.
  • Infrastructure improvements in Portland, Ore., have contributed to a decrease in total crashes by nearly 25 percent; there was a 32 percent decline in pedestrian injuries from crashes.

Read the PDF in full here: Safe Routes to School: Putting Traffic Safety First - How Safe Routes to School Initiatives Protect Children Walking


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