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Our goal is to get more children traveling safely to school on foot or bike with greater frequency

MAG Strategic Transportation Safety Plan
October 26, 2005

The MAG Regional Council approved the Strategic Transportation Safety Plan. The Plan includes a regional goal to, “improve safety on access routes to schools”, under Pedestrian, Bicycle and Transit Safety. The following General Strategies, Potential Actions and Led Agencies are identified in the Plan.

GENERAL STRATEGIES

  • Establish recommended walk or bike routes to school, in areas surrounding schools, within schools and encourage and promote Safe Routes to School programs within schools

  • Include schools officials, principals and teachers as vital part in promoting this program

  • Train school crossing guards

  • Educate regional stakeholders on best safety practices for getting to/from school

  • Encourage safe driving near schools and surrounding neighborhoods

POTENTIAL ACTIONS

  • Provide training to local agencies and schools for developing recommended walk or bike routes to school for all schools in the region and Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs.

  • Spearhead study in school areas that evaluates, investigate using latest technologies like flashing beacons, in-pavement flashers, active feedback signs, pedestrian signals, and detectors

  • Offer or support a regional training program for school crossing guards

  • Periodically sponsor pedestrian and bicycle safety audits

  • Recommend new legislation that would require all new schools to be located appropriately, (i.e. no elementary schools on arterial streets) with a Traffic Impact Study to be reviewed by the city’s traffic engineers to include -- pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle ingress and egress design; school bus or passenger car pick-up or drop off locations; on-site circulation, off-site circulation for pedestrians, bikes and vehicles; queuing length at drop-off and pick-up locations. Such review must be carried out prior to 30 percent completion of plans. Cities and towns may need to consider revising development review process to accommodate this review step.

  • Develop a guidance document on School Traffic Impact Studies

  • Develop guidelines and provide support and resources for forming a school Safety Improvement Advisory Committees (SIAC) to provide oversight for school bike and pedestrian safety issues – provide information on best practices.

LEAD AGENCIES

  • ADOT (still has ownership of the design guide for school zones)

  • MAG

  • School transportation officials

  • Member agency traffic engineers

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