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Children's Safety Network (CSN)

  • Children’s Safety Network National Resource Center for Injury and Violence Prevention is dedicated to working with state, territorial and community Maternal & Child Health and Injury & Violence prevention programs to create an environment where all children and youth are safe and healthy. We work with states and territories to infuse knowledge, expertise, and leadership to reduce injury, hospitalization, disability and death for all children and youth.
  • Child Passenger Safety: 2016 Resource Guide. This resource guide provides links to organizations, programs, publications, and resources focused on child passenger safety. It is divided into seven sections: (1) organizations, (2) CSN (Children’s Safety Network) resources, (3) resources, (4) publications, (5) booster seats/car seats, (6) disparities, and (7) hyperthermia. 
  • Bike Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety
    • This resource guide provides a comprehensive, annotated list of resources for pedestrian safety. The resource guide is divided into eight sections: Data; Safe Routes to School; Pedestrian Safety for Preschoolers; Other Programs, Strategies and Campaigns; Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation; Policy; Research; and Distracted Walking. Each item in this resource guide includes a short description and a link to the resource itself.
  • Teen Driving Safety

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

  • Bicycle Safer Journey
    • Bicycle Safer Journey helps educators, parents and others who care about bicycle safety to get the conversation started with children and youth. Three videos — one for each of three age groups — accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator's resource library can be used as an introduction to bicycle safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum.
  • Pedestrian Safer Journey
    • Pedestrian Safer Journey helps educators, parents and others who care about pedestrian safety to get the conversation started with children and youth. Three videos — one for each of three age groups — accompanied by a quiz or discussion and an educator's resource library can be used as an introduction to pedestrian safety skills or to augment a comprehensive curriculum. 

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Enviroment.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

  • Bicycle Safety Education for Children From a Developmental and Learning Perspective, published January 2014
    • First, this report describes the nature of children and adolescents’ bicycle injuries in addition to understanding the types of programs that exist and their effectiveness. Second, this report explores the psychological domains related to riding a bicycle in childhood and adolescence such as motor skill development, cognitive development, brain development, and risk-taking and social influences. Understanding how each of these interacts with children’s abilities to learn and ride a bicycle safely in traffic allows researchers and safety practitioners to design more effective bicycle education programs to teach children and adolescents how to safely negotiate traffic as bicyclists.
  • Bikeology: A Middle and High School Bicycle Safety Curriculum for Physical Education Teachers and Recreation Specialists
  • Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum
    • The Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum teaches and encourages pedestrian safety for students grades Kindergarten through 5th Grade. It is organized into five lessons: walking near traffic, crossing streets, crossing intersections, parking lot safety, and school bus safety. Each lesson builds upon previous set of skills learned.
  • Everyone is a Pedestrian
    • This campaign is intended to help improve pedestrian safety.
  • Think Safe, Ride Safe, Be Safe! – Traffic Safety Toolkit
    • This campaign provides tools for parents of preschool to 3rd grade age children to help their children walk and ride more safely.
    • Lessons focus on four main areas: pedestrianbusbike, and car seat safety.

Safe Routes to School

  • Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) uses a comprehensive approach to make school routes safe for children when walking and bicycling to school. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) administers Colorado’s SRTS program.
  • Advancing Transportation and Health: Approaches from the Federal Safe Routes to School Program that Offer Broad Application, published December 2013
  • Colorado Bicycle and Byways Map
    • The original map was designed to help bicyclists review and select routes throughout the state. Roadways are identified with shoulder width and traffic volume, a basic for most bicyclists. In addition, the Colorado map includes search capabilities so users can look for hotels, bike shops, restaurants, or other areas of interest. The map also allows for direction routing and for being able to look at street view. The Colorado Scenic and Historic Byways are also highlighted as they're frequently favorite routes for bicyclists.
  • Colorado Department of Transportation Core Subject Lesson Plans: Kindergarten through 8th Grade
    • Published by the Colorado Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School with approval from the Colorado Department of Education in 2013.
    • Each lesson satisfies at least one Colorado Academic Standard content area; some satisfy more than one.
    • Each lesson was designed or included because it encourages students to think and live more actively. The goals of the project were to promote student safety and wellness. The lessons cover subjects from art to science and incorporate concepts that range from food energy to air pollution and use walking and bicycling as the means to explore the lesson.
  • Crossing with Confidence: Managing Risk when Creating Crossing Guard Programs in California, September 2014
    • As the Safe Routes to School movement continues to gain momentum across the country, it is clear that in many communities, not all children can easily and safely walk or bicycle to school, especially if their school is located near a busy or dangerous intersection. With proper training and equipment, crossing guards can play a critical role in ensuring that students who walk or bicycle to school arrive safely.
    • CA4Health, in collaboration with ChangeLab Solutions, has developed this comprehensive fact sheet; Crossing with Confidence discusses the legal implications of establishing a crossing guard program and identifies concrete steps public entities – including school districts – can take to minimize their exposure to liability. Armed with in-depth knowledge of the key issues, school districts, municipalities, and active transportation advocates can protect themselves from liability while creating safe and effective crossing guard programs.
  • Safe Routes to School District Policy Workbook
    • Launched in December 2013
    • The interactive workbook is designed to help school board members, administrators, families of students, and community members create and implement policies that support active transportation and Safe Routes to School programs. The workbook will walk you through a series of policy options to help you build your own customized Safe Routes to School policy, which you can download and use in your community.

School Transportation Security Awareness (STSA)

  • Launched in August 2013 by the Highway Motor Carrier Branch (HMC) of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
  • The School Transportation Security Awareness program was developed by HMC in conjunction with the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services, the National Association of Pupil Transportation and the National School Transportation Association to provide much needed security awareness information and training to the school transportation industry. STSA focuses on terrorist and criminal threats to school buses, bus passengers and destination facilities. It is designed to provide school bus drivers, administrators, and staff members with information that will enable them to effectively identify and report perceived security threats, as well as the skills to appropriately react and respond to a security incident should it occur.

Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI)

  • Operations and Safety around Schools: Overview of Project Activities and Findings
    • Published in January 2004.
    • Based on research findings, researchers from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Texas Department of Transportation developed school site planning and design guidelines for transportation-related elements such as site selection, general site requirements and design, bus operations, parent drop-off/pick-up zones, driveways, turn lanes, signing and marking, parking, and pedestrian and bicycle access.
  •  Speeds in School Zones
    • Published in February 2009. 
    • School speed zones are frequently requested traffic controls for school areas, based on the common belief that if the transportation agency would only install a reduced speed limit, then drivers would no longer speed through the area. This research project was tasked with reviewing existing practices and developing guidelines regarding the establishment of school zones.
  • Summary of Guidelines for Roadway Facilities around Schools
    • Published in June 2004.
    • Contains research based guidelines and good examples for the design and operation of roadway facilities around schools.
  • Traffic Operations and Safety at Schools: Recommended Guidelines
    • Published in January 2004.
    • This report contains the recommended school site planning guidelines for transportation-related elements such as site selection, general site requirements and design, bus operations, parent drop-off/pick-up zone, driveways, turn lanes, signing and marking, parking, and pedestrian and bicycle access. The research team based these guidelines on a comprehensive review of existing guidelines and the results of field studies at school sites in Texas. The report provides examples of good practices and also examples of practices to avoid for many of the more prominent guidelines.
  • Traffic Operations and Safety at Schools: Review of Existing Guidelines
    • Published in October 2002.
    • This full report contains information on the traffic guidelines in place among Texas schools during the 2001-02 school year.

Traffic Congestion around Schools

  • Published in August, 2007 by the U.S. Department of Justice, Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).
  • This guide is written for police, not because they are the biggest stakeholders in solving traffic congestion problems, but because they are often one of the first to be called when traffic congestion develops around schools. Police are more likely to be contacted only after tensions have developed among residents, school staff, and parents over responsibility for congestion. Police are in a unique position to serve as mediator between these groups, helping them to seek common ground in developing and implementing effective solutions and ultimately making their jobs easier by reducing the number of calls for service generated by congestion, and the traffic violations and traffic safety issues that often accompany it.

Transportation Security Administration.

U.S. Department of Transportation

Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services

  • Virginia Schools 2016 Bus Driver and Monitor Safety and Security Manual. In this manual and the supporting training video, school bus drivers and bus monitors will learn techniques and skills to provide a safer environment on their bus.  Information on vehicle safety, communications plans, situational awareness, response actions, reporting procedures and many other topics are discussed within the manual/video.  These skills and techniques are not specific to Virginia or any one district, they may be used by drivers/monitors as a training tool and discussion starter.
  • Virginia Schools Bus Driver and Monitor Video.  Supporting video for the Virginia Schools 2016 Bus Driver and Monitor Safety and Security Manual.

 

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