Steps for Developing a School Traffic Safety Plan
1. Identify traffic safety problems
- Use School Traffic Safety Evaluation Form:
- Observe parent drop off/pick up behavior:
- Obtain speed study data (if speeding is an issue) or other traffic crash data that might be relevant to traffic concerns from local municipal police or sheriff's office.
- Take photos of issues or concerns:
- Ideally, have students assist with taking pictures.
2. BRING StakeholderS TOGETHER to discuss issues and brainstorm solutions
- Arrange a meeting with the following:
- School district level decision makers (business, safety, facilities, transportation)
- School staff (principal and others interested)
- Local law enforcement (including those in charge of traffic, parking and adult crossing guards)
- Municipal Engineering, Traffic Engineering, and/or Public Works
- Public Health- Madison & Dane County
- PTO/PTA representative (if appropriate)
- Neighborhood Association representative
- Alder or local politician (at least keep informed)
- Community partners such as Safe Kids Coalition and Rideshare, etc.
- If a Madison Metropolitan School District school, contact the Madison School Traffic Safety Committee. For more information, contact Sonia Dubielzig.
- Compile and present photos and data of identified issues to group.
- Discuss potential solutions.
- Identify which individual/agency will resolve issues and set timeline for action to be taken.
3. Develop school traffic safety brochure for parents
- Identify individuals who are willing to draft brochure.
- Review examples of school traffic safety brochures.
- Obtain base map of school vicinity (from school district or municipal planning).
- Mark up map to show new school traffic safety plan and locations for drop off, crossing guards, etc.
- Decide on text for brochure and include the following:
- If you drive . . . (suggested drop-off locations)
- If you walk . . . (suggested places to cross)
- If you bike . . .
- If you take the bus . . .
- What the signs mean
- Ways to reduce congestion
- Circulate draft brochure to school traffic safety team to finalize.
4. Determine educational strategy FOR NEW SCHOOL TRAFFIC SAFETY PLAN
- Determine timeline and educational method, e.g., presentation, brochure, display, etc.
- Send STS brochure home to parents or distribute at an already existing event, e.g., registration, PTO meeting, etc.
- Reinforce STS plan throughout the school year.
- If a Madison school, contact Safety Educator, Steve Meiers at Madison Traffic Engineering for conducting classes on bicycle or pedestrian safety.
- If other Dane County communities, contact your local law enforcement agency. There are many officers/deputies that go into the schools to educate the students.
5. MAKE Traffic Safety IMPROVEMENTS
- Set deadline for work completion at least one week before launch.
6. launch and reinforcment of new school traffic safety plan
- The best time to lauch a new STS plan is at the beginning of the new school year.
- Have partners, including police, hand out the new STS plan brochures during the launch week.
- Stage activities at the school throughout the year to reinforce the new STS plans.
7. Evaluate effectiveness of School Traffic Safety Plan
- Relook at issues (at least annually) to see how things are working. It might require repeating observations of parent drop-off / pick-up behavior.
- If problems are beginning to arise again, plan to reinforce educational and enforcement efforts to parents or consider engineering or facility changes.