Monday, November 15, 2010
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.