2018 - Case Study

Large Trucks, Little Children

How Poorly Planned Industrial Zoning Threatens Children's Health and Safety

In this case study, we explore how economic growth and poor land use planning are contributing to the decline in community health for the Inland Valley, especially for low-income people and communities of color in the region.

Children walking to school alongside streets heavy with enormous polluting trucks is dangerous and unhealthy. Emerging economic trends are leading to new industrial development, increased heavy truck traffic, and hazardous air pollution near schools and homes. Safe Routes to School advocates need to be aware of the dangers to children’s health and active school travel that these changes pose.