Elected Officials

Create a Safe Routes to Transit Program

A Safer Route to Transit program targets pedestrian improvements around transit stops and the walking or cycling routes used to reach them.

Guidance
  • Demonstrate the need. Collect:
    • Baseline data, such as the number, attributes, and circumstances of pedestrian crash injuries and fatalities
    • Traffic volumes and speeds
    • Ridership attributes (who arrives to stations and how)
    • Population statistics by geographical distribution (e.g., area densities of senior populations or youth populations)
    • Adequacy of existing infrastructure (sidewalk gaps, crosswalks, etc.)
  • Also survey residents about mobility concerns and priorities
  • Publicize the demonstrated need for targeted infrastructure improvements:
    • Set up meetings with local representatives, advocacy groups, community organizations, and city agencies
    • Write press releases and invite mainstream and social media representatives to cover the story
  • Collaborate with departments of transportation, city planning, transit providers, local residents, and advocates to systematically address safety concerns and improvements
Benefits
  • Tailors responses to the needs and concerns of specific walking populations
  • Creates a safer walking environment for everyone using the streets
  • Induces drivers to slow down
  • Encourages transit use
  • Encourages walking as a transportation option
  • Reduces automobile dependency
Considerations
  • Coordinating traffic-calming plans with the needs of emergency responders
  • Funding traffic-calming and/or infrastructure improvements
  • Coordinating infrastructure improvements to optimize costs and benefits
Where to Use It
  • Vicinity of bus stops and subway stations
  • The major foot and cycling routes to reach transit stops
Professional Consensus
Examples

This material is the product of a partnership between America Walks and Sam Schwartz Engineering. Visit here for more information on the partnership.