School siting is an important land use and planning issue for transportation professionals and agencies. Students’ ability to walk and bike to and from school and parents’ and students’ perceptions of safety depends on where schools are located. Nationwide, large schools are being built at greater distances. As a result, students walk and bicycle to and from school less frequently and parents, tax-payers, and schools bear additional costs because of the need to drive and bus students to and from school.
The research contained in this report evaluates the characteristics of K-8 students, the schools, and the areas surrounding schools based on the establishment year of each school to examine crash trends. Fifteen schools with high numbers of youth pedestrian crashes within half a mile of the school were examined in more depth.
To read the full report: School Location, Year Built and Youth Pedestrian Crashes: Safety around Schools in New Jersey (PDF)