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Unsafe Routes to School

May 24th, 2011 at 16:19

Biking in LA reports on the unsafe condition of LA’s streets near schools:

I knew L.A. wasn’t the safest place to bike or ride.

But it never really sank in until I saw the maps.

Safe Routes to Schools has joined with the LACBC to call attention to just how far this city has to go before children to walk or bike to many schools, especially in lower income areas. New collision maps based on TIMS data (the Transportation Injury Mapping System) clearly shows how many injuries and fatalities occur near schools.

Take a look at the map for the Antelope Valley.

“Now with the TIMS data, the State of California has provided an amazing tool that allows us to see the neighborhoods, intersections and streets of greatest need and make strategic investments. We need the City to provide staff, and create a plan to implement safety improvements quickly, so we can see our transportation priorities shift. For too long, there has been a focus on moving cars to the detriment of our health and communities, the City of Los Angeles needs to put safety and people first,” says Jessica Meaney, California Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

What Jessica Meaney said above concerning the City of Los Angeles can equally be applied to the Antelope Valley. I hope that local cities and the County of Los Angeles along with our local school districts will use this data as a tool to improve the safety of our children.

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