Safe Routes to School Promote Biking and Walking

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Todd Buckingham

Transportation Engineer

A recent study in the Journal of American Planning shows that the number of students walking and biking to school has increased 30% due to programs like Safe Routes to School (SRTS). The study was conducted from 2007 to 2012, with data from 801 schools in Florida, Oregon, Texas and the District of Columbia.

This is the first SRTS research based on such a large geographic school sample, and it suggests that when children have safe and easily accessible routes to school, they will increasingly use healthier and more sustainable methods to get there.

We are currently working on two SRTS projects located northeast of Dallas, which will improve safety and mobility for students and parents. Our team designed the City of Heath’s SRTS project, including new sidewalks to link four school campuses to major city subdivisions. Project construction is expected to wrap up by the end of the year.

We also designed SRTS improvements for the City of Murphy to increase safety for students at three campuses. Construction kicked off this month for work including new 8-10 foot wide sidewalks and a pedestrian crossing at two intersections along North Murphy Road (FM 2551).

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Todd Buckingham, PE, ENV SP, is a Transportation Project Manager in Fort Worth. He leads our Sustainability Committee and is an ISI Certified Envision Trainer.