Pedestrian Safety for Indian River County
Stanley Consultants conducted a study which identified ways to improve pedestrian connections to schools in Indian River County, Florida and created a model for safe school access that can be applied to all schools in Indian River County.
The safety of children walking to and from school is a top priority. Indian River County, Florida, identified the need for pedestrian safety, especially among school-aged children. Many students walk or bicycle to school in the county traveling along roadways during morning and afternoon automobile traffic peak hours. In some instances, the local roadways are unpaved with no sidewalks, generating great concern from the Indian River County School Board, local schools, parents, and teachers alike.
Stanley Consultants conducted a study which identified ways to improve pedestrian connections to schools in Indian River County, and created a model for safe school access that can be applied to all schools in Indian River County. This report focused on Thompson Magnet Elementary School, with a high propensity for pedestrian and bicycle access from the surrounding communities. It identified ways to improve non-motorized travel networks, hazardous pedestrian and bicycle connections, and strategies for the provision of a safe transportation infrastructure for students within the study area. Thompson Magnet Elementary School is located in a rural neighborhood of southeastern Indian River County. The data collected during the study was used to identify proposed improvements within a 2-mile boundary of the school. Based on a methodology for prioritization, which prioritized the improvements by zones radiating out from the school, and a set of criteria, 28 improvements were identified, categorized and prioritize based on feasibility.
The study recommendations were included in the Indian River County work program for implementation. Based on the recommendations, the county is also applying for Safe Routes to School funding to implement the prioritized improvements. This methodology was developed specifically for this study, and is intended to serve as a model for safe school access which can be applied to all schools in the county.