The department is engaged in a program to improve pedestrian safety throughout the City to support increasing the number of students walking to school. Currently of the 22,000 students in the New Haven Public School system, just over 4,000 walk to and from school each day.
The Safe Routes to School program seeks to create a “safety trail” within a 1/4-mile corridor of each public school in the City. To that end, the project focuses on identifying issues and opportunities for infrastructure improvements in vicinity of each school.
TT&P has completed draft reports recommending pedestrian and signage improvements at the first nine K-8 schools (Lincoln-Bassett, Mauro Sheridan, Truman, Nathan Hale and Beecher, Clinton Avenue, Davis Street, Dr. Mayo Early Learning, and East Rock Magnet. An additional seven schools are under evaluation with draft reports scheduled for August. These additional schools are: Quinnipiac, King Robinson, New Horizons, Edgewood, Troupe, Amistad Elementary.
Ultimately all City public schools are planned to be evaluated and integrated into the Safe Routes to School “Trail.”