Suggested Routes to School

In association with FHWA Safe Route to School program, the Department of Public Works Suggested Routes to School program purposes to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school; to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and to facilitate the planning, development, and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a cross cutting program. There are many possible outcomes as a result of successfully implementing projects and activities at the State and local level. These desired outcomes help clarify the broad purposes stated in the legislation and can assist implementation, including overall development and administration of State programs. They can be used to help evaluate potential projects, as well as understand the factors that affect the success of different activities, projects, and programs.

Desired outcomes of the SRTS Program include:

  • Increased bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic safety
  • More children walking and bicycling to and from schools
  • Decreased traffic congestion
  • Improved childhood health
  • Reduced childhood obesity
  • Encouragement of healthy and active lifestyles
  • Improved air quality
  • Improved community safety
  • Reduced fuel consumption
  • Increased community security
  • Enhanced community accessibility
  • Increased community involvement
  • Improvements to the physical environment that increase the ability to walk and bicycle to and from schools
  • Improved partnerships among schools, local municipalities, parents, and other community groups, including non-profit organizations
  • Increased interest in bicycle and pedestrian accommodations throughout a community

FHWA recommends that SRTS efforts in the United States incorporate – directly or indirectly – five components, often referred to as the “5 E’s”. The 5 E’s are:

  1. Engineering – Creating operational and physical improvements to the infrastructure surrounding schools that reduce speeds and potential conflicts with motor vehicle traffic, and establish safer and fully accessible crossings, walkways, trails and bikeways.

  2. Education – Teaching children about the broad range of transportation choices, instructing them in important lifelong bicycling and walking safety skills, and launching driver safety campaigns in the vicinity of schools.

  3. Enforcement – Partnering with local law enforcement to ensure traffic laws are obeyed in the vicinity of schools (this includes enforcement of speeds, yielding to pedestrians in crossings , and proper walking and bicycling behaviors), and initiating community enforcement such as crossing guard programs.

  4. Encouragement – Using events and activities to promote walking and bicycling.

  5. Evaluation – Monitoring and documenting outcomes and trends through the collection of data, including the collection of data before and after the intervention(s).

The Department of Public Works maintains an inventory of school-related traffic control devices within a two-mile walking radius of elementary and middle schools located within unincorporated Clark County jurisdiction.

Interactive Suggested Routes to School Map

The 2009 Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) contains national standards for the installation and maintenance of traffic control devices and is published by the Federal Highway Administration under the Code of Federal Regulation. Some MUTCD statements are considered mandatory, while others are recommended practices, permissive practices, or simply statements of support. Part 7 of the MUTCD addresses Traffic Controls for School Areas (See Resources).

Resources:
MUTCD - Part 7
CCSD SRTS
Nevada Safe Route to School
National Center for Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes Partnerships
FHWA Safe Routes to School