The following post was written over three years ago today. As school starts back up across the nation, it is important to consider how our kids get to school. Safety has to always come first as a parent, but the hidden safety factor of our children’s health must also be considered. Walking to school is a very simple and effective way for our kids to get their necessary daily exercise.
Safe Routes To School is a government initiative created in 2006 that “assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.” There are very good reasons for this initiative because for most schools, children walking to school is like rolling the dice with safety. Part of the problem is the nature of the schools themselves and their desire to have frontage on not one, but TWO collector streets for access and visibility.
The primary issue that I see happens to also be one of the fundamental contributors to sprawl, our road classification system. Our classification system in the United States was created in an effort to reduce congestion. It creates a series of loops and lollipops for the “local” streets in subdivisions with typically two options for getting in and out of the subdivision. Instead of the historic grid and network of streets…
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