School Design

Explanation: Creating a bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly campus requires forethought and planning, especially when designing a new campus. The school design provision requires schools to consider a variety of options for facilitating active transportation on school groundsA growing number of schools and parks are installing innovative features, including bicycle and skateboard-oriented recreational, educational, and sports facilities such as pump tracks, safety towns, dirt trails, and BMX/skateboard tracks and parks. 

Option 1: District acknowledges that school design can have a significant impact on both the safety and number of students that engage in active transportation to and from school. Accordingly, when constructing a new school or renovating an existing school, District shall:

  1. Accommodate the safety and convenience of students, staff, and visitors, including those with disabilities, in arriving and departing by different modes of transportation, including but not limited to walking, bicycling, public transportation, school buses, and private automobiles; and
  2. Minimize conflicts between those engaging in active transportation, school buses, and private automobiles by providing, at a minimum, safe crossings of parking lots and other areas of potential conflict

 

Rating: 
1

Option 2: District acknowledges that school design can have a significant impact on both the safety and number of students that engage in active transportation to and from school. Accordingly, when constructing a new school or renovating an existing school, District shall:

  1. Accommodate the safety and convenience of students, staff, and visitors, including those with disabilities, in arriving and departing by different modes of transportation, including but not limited to walking, bicycling, public transportation, school buses, and private automobiles; and
  2. Minimize conflicts between those engaging in active transportation, school buses, and private automobiles by providing, at a minimum, safe crossings of parking lots and other areas of potential conflict

District shall require all schools to:

  1. Work to establish remote drop-off locations or “staging posts” approximately 0.5 miles from school entrances;
  2. Provide multiple entrances and exits to the school for active transportation that are separated from automobiles;
  3. Provide a practical and safe route for bicycles and pedestrians through the school campus;
  4. Avoid having entrances and exits for walking and bicycling on fast or busy roadways or parking areas;
  5. Avoid locating waiting zones for school buses, truck unloading/loading zones, and garbage areas near fresh air intake vents for school buildings or areas where those engaged in active transportation congregate or travel.
Rating: 
2

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