An Analysis of North Carolina Guidelines and Criteria for Establishing School Walk Zones

North Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation initiated a project to research the potential for development of standardized school walk zone policies for the state. A School Transportation Group was selected to undertake the study.

The resulting effort included the following activities:

  1. The compilation of the existing policies of North Carolina public schools for walk zones, descriptions of the school commute pattern through surveys of all North Carolina Local Education Agencies (LEA’s); analysis of North Carolina pedestrian/motor vehicle crash data; and focus group meetings with parents and school officials who have local transportation policy and operations responsibilities;
  2. The review of school walk zone guidelines, policies, and practices developed by other states and municipalities, and;
  3. The definition of focus areas and development of specific recommendations.

Filed in: Plans and Policies, Crashes and Safety, Policy & Funding

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