Cartoon Tuesday: Back to School

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With rising gas prices crippling school bus fleets across the U.S., Clarion-Ledger editorial cartoonist Marshall Ramsay offers an intriguing new school transportation idea. Click through to see it.

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Safe Routes to Schools Study Complete

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Walking to school is a healthy way for many kids to get their daily dose of exercise. Unfortunately many parents are rightfully concerned about their children’s safety on the city’s streets because of aggressive driver and lack of good pedestrian safety infrastructure. Everyday in front of many city schools you see parents dropping kids off in […]

Portland School Casts Off Bike Ban, Embraces Cycling

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The Beach School in north Portland, Oregon is showing how safe routes to school programs can pay off by encouraging healthier habits for children. Many students here travel to school by bike train — a cluster of cyclists, supervised by adult riders. Cycling and walking to school is promoted by a special program, supported by […]
The playground at Swansea elementary school in Denver, with I-70 on the right. Image via Google Maps

America Builds Too Many Schools By Highways

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One in 11 U.S. public schools are within 500 feet of a highway, exposing 4.4 million children to elevated levels of pollution, putting kids at elevated risk of developing asthma. But cheap land remains alluring to school districts, and America's system of school siting is not getting better.

The High Cost of Unwalkable School Districts

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About a generation ago, many American school districts started shuttering and abandoning walkable neighborhood schools and building replacements in sprawling, undeveloped locations where the land was cheap. But by opting for cheap land costs in the short term, they incurred much higher transportation costs in the long term. Now many school districts are struggling under the […]

“Safe Routes” Goes Global With the Model School Zone Project

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This post is part of a series featuring stories and research that will be presented at the Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike/Pro-Place conference September 8-11 in Pittsburgh. To get to Seoul Gumsan Elementary School in South Korea, students have to cross a heavily trafficked road with a blind curve. Between 2009 and 2010, 89 children were injured and one killed in 86 traffic […]