Selecting design treatments for school neighborhoods should address the needs of all road users including walkers, bicyclists, bus drivers and motorists.  A well-designed network of streets and sidewalks reduces conflict, providing students and everyone in the community with safe routes to school and to where they want to go.  Signs, paint on the road and creative approaches can make schools zones stand out, encouraging motorists to slow down and pay attention. 

Ideal conditions for school-aged pedestrians include low volumes of traffic moving at slow speeds, sidewalks and separation from traffic. According to Safe Kids World- wide, children do not develop the skills they need to correctly gauge the speed of vehicles until at least age 10. Providing facilities for young walkers not only addresses their needs but can help make children’s movements more predictable to motorists.

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Des4BikesEugene  Designing for Bicyclists in Eugene

Like many cyclists, children feel most comfortable and safe when bicycling to school on roadways with low traffic volumes where vehicles are traveling at low speeds. Bike paths that separate the bicyclist from motor vehicle traffic are ideal for a school neighborhood. Roadways optimized for bicyclists, such as bike boulevards, can be another alternative.

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TrafficCalmingPDX  Traffic Calming in Portland

Traffic calming measures can be categorized into volume control or speed control. Volume control targets minimizing volume or cut-through traffic thorough restricted turns, roadway closures or median barriers. Speed control measures include passive concepts such as gateways or streetscape that changes a driver’s perception of a corridor and active concepts that force a driver to physically alter their travel path and slow down.

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