Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 29, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
—10-A The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Sun., Pee. 29, 1974
Study Safety of Routes to School
By Judy Daabenmier
Grandparents delight in telling youngsters how they walked two miles each morning along country roads in order to get to school
Elementary school students today don’t tread along dusty gravel roads to get to school, hut many of them who live less then two miles from their school must walk. just as their grandparents did, or rely on their parents for transportation
The Cedar Rapids Community school furnishes bus rides
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for elementary and junior high students only if they live more than two miles from
The routes taken by pedestrians to and from school are more treacherous than country roads — heavy trucks roll by, busy streets must lie crossed, and some areas have no sidewalks
The school crossing safety committee, formed some 14 months ago. is trying to do something about identifying unsafe areas and then making recommendations to the city council for improving the areas
Chairman of the committee is J W Sackett. Arthur elementary school principal Other members, appointed by the Cedar Rapids city council. are Carolyn Johnson, vice-chairman. Mel Meyer, secretary; John Battin; Dale Bun-zow; Sgt. Lyle Covington, school safety patrol director for Cedar Rapids police; Aid-rich Drahos, executive director of pupil personnel for the school district; Larry Frbe, Robert Kucera, Dan McCarthy, Mrs. Arlo Netolicky, Mrs Leland Parizek. Melissa Randall, Dorothy Stowell, and the Rev. lames Sullivan, coordinator for Metropolitan Catholic schools.
The committee has spent its first 14 months developing specifications to apply to crossings to determine if traffic signals are needed, or sidewalks should in* recommended, etc.
"There was nothing to give us any recommendations from the past," Sackett said, explaining that the manual containing the specifications was
developed with the assistance of the city's traffic engineering department.
The specifications take into account the speed of traffic, pedestrian traffic flow, the traffic volume, truck traffic volume, and available walkway areas.
For example, the committee might recommend that sidewalks be installed on one side of the street if an area scored 75 points, or on both sides of the street if an area scored KHI points, according to the following scale
Traffic volume; I 49 per hour. IO points; 50-149. 20 points; 150-499. 30 points; 500 999. 40 jaunts, and I .(MMI and above, 50 points.
Pedestrian volume: 1-24 pedestrians an hour, 5 points; 25-49. IO points; 50-09. 20
points; 100-149, 35 points, 150 and above. 50 points.
Speed limit: 25 miles an hour to 34 miles an hour. IO points, 35-44, 20 points. 45 miles, 30 points
Truck traffic lier hour 1-4, 5 points; 5-9. IO points; IO and above. 15 points.
Special conditions are also taken into account such as whether the area is commercial or industrialized, and whether shrubs are growing close to the edge of the curb which force pedestrians to walk out into the street. Sackett said
"This should lie a tremendous help to school adminis trators Before, evaluation of a crossing had to lie a visual thing," he' said. "Each administrator applied his own interpretation of safety to the (routings."
Finishing touches are being put to the manual now Sackett said. and the committee is preparing to turn its attention to implementation of it.
"We’ve had some letters from patrons requesting we examine situations." said
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Sackett. but not too many people are aware of us."
"We will be' better able to respond to needs if people become more familiar with us.’’
The committee has prepared specifications to determine whether areas need sidewalks. traffic lights, an overhead walkway, pedestrian crossing signs, and others
"We’re still examining the possibility of having adult guards at crossings The question remains, who pays for it We have asked both the school district and the gity to see if there couldn’t be joint funding of a program," said Sackett.
Adult guards would be paid to oversee pedestrian traffic on busy corners, he said Even if volunteers were used, uniforms would have to be' purchased for them and some type of training would have to be furnished for them
"Everything from other cities which we have received indicates that volunteers are not as satisfactory as someone who receives a monetary compensation for being an adult guard." said Sackett
"I recognize the need for adult guards. The corner at Twenty-seventh street and First avenue East is one of the most heavily traffficked corners After working on the committee I realize the problems that arise when you try to initiate adult guards."
Overhead walkways across busy streets also would be a solution in some areas. Sack-ett said, but the cost prohibits constructing many of them.
Federal funds are sometimes granted to cities for construction of them, he said, but even then, a determination would have to be' made concerning which area needs one most.
Another problem being dealt with by the committee* is the fact (hat the fold-out stop signs used at many school crossings were declared illegal by the state of Iowa last spring because they do not get drivers in the habit of stopping at the corner each time they pass
The city has one year to come up with an alternative to the signs, which are used at crossings throughout the city.
Installing traffic lights at each of the intersections would be* expensive. Sackett said
Another problem is thai the walk light used rn Cedar Rapids is confusing to many I youngsters Some young child- I ren start to cross the street I when the light flashes Walk" and then turn back when it ( flashes "Don’t Walk".
Some models now are made j so that a person who starts to cross the street on "Walk" sees that the sign savs "Walk" until he reaches the other side, even though the signs read "Don’t Walk" for people who rearh the curb later.
Children's willingness to obey traffic rub's and use safety j procedures is also a factor to contend with
One of the things the committee has dime was to request a "safe route to school" be drawn up for each elementary school
"The safe route wasn't necessarily what the children followed. of course," said Sack ett. “All we tan do is recommend that parents have their children follow the safe route to school.",
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