Minimizing Driving

Explanation: Automobile collisions are one of the biggest causes of death and injury to school-age children. Heavy traffic at school during arrival and dismissal times often creates congestion and dangerous traffic situations. At some schools, because of the drastic decrease in students walking or bicycling to school over the past fifty years, the streets, drop-off/pick-up areas, and other accommodations for cars that were initially designed for a lower flow of traffic are no longer safe or efficient. To reduce congestion and improve safety and air quality, schools can work to decrease the number of vehicles arriving and departing campus by promoting active transportation, public transit, and carpooling.

Option 1: Because automobile collisions are a leading cause of death among school-age children, District supports efforts to increase traffic safety by minimizing driving to and from school.[39] District respects the many constraints on families’ time and budgets and recognizes that driving is sometimes a necessary or practical alternative to active transportation. Yet, in light of automobile collision data and the numerous benefits of active transportation, District commits to working with all stakeholders, including school administrators, students, families, public safety personnel, and relevant government agencies, to minimize driving to and from school. Decreasing the number of automobile trips, whether by engaging in active transportation, taking public transportation, or carpooling, will reduce automobile congestion and related collisions and create a safer environment for active transportation.


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