SRTS Programs Contribute to More Walking and Bicycling to School

A new study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association examines the influence of Safe Routes to School Programs on school travel. This study, Impact of the Safe Routes to School Program on Walking and Bicycling , supports the findings from the National Center’s 2014 and 2013 Trends Reports revealing how more children are choosing active transportation for their trips to school.

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National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration Traffic Safety Facts

A pedestrian, as defined for this fact sheet, is any person on foot, walking, running, jogging, hiking, sitting, or lying down who is involved in a motor vehicle traffic crash. A traffic crash is defined as an incident that involved one or more motor vehicles where at least one vehicle was in transport and the crash originated on a public traffic way, such as a road or highway

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Complete Streets are safe, effective and affordable!

Complete Streets tend to improve safety, boost biking and walking, and generate economic activity, according to the most comprehensive study to date of this trend. The report looks at 37 Complete Streets projects across the US and finds they are more affordable than conventional arterial road projects.

Thirty-three of these projects (89 percent) are located in historic street grids, and the other four are thoroughfares of a somewhat later vintage—approximately the 1950s.  

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Urban Sprawl Costs US Economy more than $1 trillion per Year.

Washington, DC, March 19thUrban sprawl costs the American economy more than US$1 trillion annually, according to a new study by the New Climate Economy. These costs include greater spending on infrastructure, public service delivery and transportation. The study finds that Americans living in sprawled communities directly bear an astounding $625 billion in extra costs. In addition, all residents and businesses, regardless of where they are located, bear an extra $400 billion in external costs. Correcting this problem provides an opportunity to increase economic productivity, improve public health and protect the environment. The report identifies specific smarter growth policies that can lead to healthier, safer and wealthier communities in both developed and developing countries.

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