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School Street Walk Audit Manchester By the Sea

School Street Walk Audit Manchester By the Sea

School Street connects Route 128 to Route 127, Manchester’s “Main Street,” and because it is one of the town’s connecting streets it carries fairly heavy traffic traveling at speeds that make walking uncomfortable. Pedestrians crossing the street feel unsafe, and many of the people who attended the walk audit had stories of cars failing to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk or waiting to cross. Because School Street provides walking access to the community’s elementary, middle and high schools there is great interest in increasing pedestrian safety along the street.

Read the full report here:
WalkBoston-School Street Safety Recommendations-ManchesterByTheSea

School Walkability Assessments Woburn Summer 2013

School Walkability Assessments Woburn Summer 2013

A safe and enjoyable walking environment is crucial to encouraging more students to walk to school and more community members to choose to walk. WalkBoston and the City of Woburn’s planning department conducted walkability assessments at five of Woburn’s public schools in the summer of 2013. The schools included:

1. Altavesta Elementary School
2. Goodyear Elementary School
3. Linscott Elementary School
4. Reeves Elementary School
5. Joyce Middle School

This report identifies issues with the existing condition of the pedestrian environment and recommends strategies and infrastructure improvements to enhance walking safety, especially for children walking to and from school. Many of the observations relate to vehicular speed, visibility for both pedestrians and drivers, and street crossings. Lower-cost solutions are emphasized, but longer-term, more costly investments are also suggested.

Read the full report here:
WalkBoston-SchoolWalkabilityAssessments-Woburn-Summer2013

School Walkability Assessments Woburn Summer 2012

School Walkability Assessments Woburn Summer 2012

During the summer of 2012, WalkBoston completed five walkability assessments of the pedestrian environments around five of Woburn’s public schools. Walkability assessments are commonly used in the vicinity of schools to identify problems with the pedestrian infrastructure. These problems often include discontinuous sidewalk networks, unsafe street crossings, damaged sidewalks and paths, unreliable pedestrian signals, and maintenance issues, such as crosswalks that need repainting or vegetation that has encroached on the pedestrian right of way. When a community wants to encourage more walking and biking to school, it is important that there are safe ways to do so.

This report highlights the observations that were made and makes recommendations on how to improve walking safety, especially for children walking to and from school. Many of the observations are related to vehicular speed, visibility for both pedestrians and drivers, and also predictability and consistency. While lower-cost solutions are emphasized, some longer-term more costly investments are also suggested.

Read the full report here:
WalkBoston-SchoolWalkabilityAssessment-Woburn-Summer 2012