MAKING THE CASE FOR A SAFE WALK TO SCHOOL
Pam Eichenbaum, MCP, 2011 and Greg Vernon, MCP, 2010 presented their study on the "Safe Routes to School" Program (SRTS) at the 2010 Urban Affairs Association Conference in New Orleans this past March. The report, which focused on the safety and accessibility of schools for students traveling by foot or bicycle in Prince George's County, MD, identified schools most in need of SRTS funding.
"The Safe Routes to School initiative enables communities to provide safe routes for children to walk and bike to school," explains Eichenbaum. "Prince George's County should have an opportunity to establish a suitable environment to encourage children to actively commute."
"SRTS funding would provide the means toward improved infrastructure such as crosswalks, street lights and signage, as well as educate schools and families about the importance of active commuting," adds Vernon. ""All schools in Prince George's County would benefit from this program."
Their work will also be presented at the American Planning Association (APA) National Conference in April, and at the University of Maryland's Graduate Research Interaction Day, April 6, 2011.
View their Urban Affairs Association Presentation Poster.
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