The Bronx Safe Routes to School Passes Torch to DOT
Since 1997, The Bronx Safe Routes to School has been working with communities all over The Bronx to improve walking conditions around schools. Now, thanks to T.A.'s pioneering work in The Bronx, walking to school is about to become safer for kids in all five boroughs. This fall, the Department of Transportation began its own $2.5 million School Safety Engineering program to improve safety around schools in all parts of the city. The program includes the traffic calming plans already developed and supported by the 38 schools in The Bronx Safe Routes to School Program. The new School Safety Engineering Program will look at traffic calming measures, which T.A. has been championing for years, such as raised crosswalks and mini traffic circles. With the City taking on the mantle of Safe Routes to School, it's time to say goodbye to The Bronx Safe Routes to School program. Transportation Alternatives is proud of our partnership with The Bronx Borough President, Fernando Ferrer and The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, and of the many pedestrian safety innovations established in The Bronx through the Safe Routes to School program. The parents, elected representatives and teachers who have worked for these improvements share equally in these accomplishments.
The city has hired RBA Group, an engineering firm with experience in traffic calming, to run its new school safety initiative. Here's an overview of the School Safety Engineering program: