Study Details

Study Title: Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Effects of the California Safe Routes to School Program

Authors: Guiterrez et al.

Publication Date: JAN, 2008

Abstract: In the last decade, there has been an increased focus in California on encouraging children to walk and bicycle to school safely. In 1999, the California Legislature created the Safe Routes to School (SR2S) program, authorizing issuance of a competitive grant process for roadway construction projects. There has been an overall decline in the numbers of child pedestrian/bicyclist collisions in California as a whole. When compared with the control areas, the SR2S project areas did not show a greater decline in numbers of collisions. However, it is likely that the number of children walking/bicycling in the SR2S project areas increased over the relevant time frame. When changes in mobility in the program areas are taken into account, the SR2S program appears to be associated with a net safety benefit for affected school age students.

Study Citation: Guiterrez, N., Orenstein, M., Cooper, J., Rice, T., Ragland, D.R. "Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Effects of the California Safe Routes to School Program." TRB 87th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM. Washington, D.C., 2008.


CMFs Associated With This Study

Category: Pedestrians

Countermeasure: Implement Safe Routes to School Program

CMF CRF(%) Quality Crash Type Crash Severity Roadway Type Area Type
0.87 13 2 Stars Vehicle/bicycle,Vehicle/pedestrian All Not Specified
0.884 11.6 2 Stars Vehicle/bicycle All Not Specified
0.861 13.9 2 Stars Vehicle/pedestrian All Not Specified
1.28 -28 2 Stars Vehicle/bicycle,Vehicle/pedestrian K,A Not Specified
0.839 16.1 3 Stars Vehicle/bicycle,Vehicle/pedestrian B,C Not Specified

Countermeasure: Implement Safe Routes to School Program (Age 13-17)

CMF CRF(%) Quality Crash Type Crash Severity Roadway Type Area Type
1.05 -5 2 Stars Vehicle/bicycle,Vehicle/pedestrian All Not Specified

Countermeasure: Implement to Safe Routes to School Program (Age 5-12)

CMF CRF(%) Quality Crash Type Crash Severity Roadway Type Area Type
0.724 27.6 3 Stars Vehicle/bicycle,Vehicle/pedestrian All Not Specified