And The Survey Says…

In the Fall of 2011, a Safe Routes to School Parent Survey was distributed to all participating schools in Decatur’s SRTS program. Results were compiled by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Of the 2775 surveys distributed, 751 were returned. Results from the surveys are used to increase the safety of walking and bicycling to school by making changes to the infrastructure. Feedback from the survey is shared with various city departments as well as with school officials. Previous surveys resulted in positive changes such as more sidewalks, curb cut ramps, bicycle lanes and placement of crossing guards.

Highlights from the report:
27% of children reported walking to school and 7% bicycling
24% of the children walk home from school and 6% bike
79% of children who live less than 1 mile from school walk and 6% bike
30% of chldren 1/2 to 1 mile walk and 14% bike
76% of parents reported that distance to school was a factor in their child not walking or biking

To read the entire report, click here.

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