Monday, November 15, 2010

School Locations and Student Safety...

Can where a school is located affect how safe its students and other workers/guests really are?

This Atlanta Journal Constitution op-ed argues the it definitely does:

The immense burden of traffic-related deaths should make roadway safety an absolute priority for Georgia legislators. State and local officials can support a variety of policies and programs that will enhance the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. These include:

● Adopt “Complete Streets” policies that require the implementation of engineering strategies and design characteristics to make roadways safer.

● Increase funding for programs that encourage walking and biking (e.g., Safe Routes to School) to increase safety, promote physical activity and reduce motor vehicle use.

● Revise school siting policies that encourage the construction and renovation of schools that are accessible by walking or biking.

I agree that the link between walking safety and cars needs to be better realized and more effectively resolved.

--Chad Emerson, Faulkner U.

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