School Site Location and Design

FOSTERING SAFE COMMUNITIES AND TRANSPORTATION

School placement and design should support walking and bicycling to and from school and other key destinations, in order to successfully increase physical activity levels for children.

Walking to school can be very difficult when large campuses are located on the edges of communities. School districts across the country are building expansive, isolated schools due to construction funding formulas, minimum acreage requirements and a general tendency to distance schools from other developments. These large schools require most students to travel by car to reach them, thereby increasing traffic and decreasing options for mobility. Therefore, encouraging school officials to minimize traffic congestion around schools, and develop safe and adequate pedestrian crossings and bike paths will create safer, more active schools from the start.

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