2005 - Research

California’s Safe Routes to School Program: Impacts on Walking, Bicycling, and Pedestrian Safety

This study evaluates and assesses 10 Safe Routes to School traffic improvement projects in terms of expected outcomes for pedestrian and bicycle safety as well as for amount of walking.

  • Upon the completion of thorough data collection and analysis, this study recommends considering the following when planning and funding projects:
    • Projects that fill sidewalk gaps near schools with moderate to high amounts of walking should be supported.
    • Supported projects should include traffic control devices to regulate yielding at intersections where large volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic intersect.
    • Implementation of Safe Routes to School may be more effective if construction is coupled with education campaigns to encourage student to walk or bicycle to school.
    • Schools should be encouraged to leverage funds for traffic improvements by providing education that encourages students to walk and bicycle safely to and from school.

Boarnet, Marlon G., Day, Kristen, Anderson, Craig L., McMillan, Tracy and Alfonso, Mariela. “California’s Safe Routes to School Program: Impacts on Walking, Bicycling, and Pedestrian Safety.” Journal of the American Planning Association. 71.12 (2005): 301-317.