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Traffic Safety Around Schools

STARS Activity 2

Activity 2:    Gather Data

STARS - ArrowGet to know your school and your community.  It can take the efforts of a whole community to be successful in making traffic on our streets safer.

Task 1:  Gather data.

  • Conduct pedestrian surveys and traffic counts (e.g., how many parents in cars stop at the school each day to drop off children?).
  • Walk around the problem area and observe it at different times of the day.  Morning and afternoon traffic flows can be very different.
  • Prepare maps of traffic and pedestrian/cyclist flows that identify where conflicts occur at the problem area.
  • Talk with parents, PAC members, school administrators, and teachers and document their observations and comments.
  • Potential existing data sources include:
    1. results from a Speed Watch event; and
    2. previously conducted pedestrian and vehicle surveys.

STARS - Idea
  Suggested Mapping Strategies

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Pedestrian Count Form
  Vehicular Count Form
  Walkabout Checklist Form

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