The Economic Benefits of Safe Routes to School

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June 29, 2015

Efforts to improve conditions for walking and bicycling near schools can increase safety and travel by foot and bicycle. It turns out these initiatives can also help school districts save money, according to Noreen McDonald, CURS faculty fellow and associate professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning. In a recently published research brief “The Economic Benefits of Safe Routes to School,” McDonald explains that many school districts can save significant amounts of money by reducing the need for hazard busing — a practice where districts bus students living within walking distance of their schools because the students face hazardous walking and biking conditions.

Read more in the research brief about hazard busing and communities that can save money while providing safer routes for kids to walk and bike to school.