What’s a Safe Walkway for Florida Students?

The Florida Greenbook (“The Manual of Uniform Minimum Standards for Design, Construction and Maintenance”) “provides criteria for public streets, roads, highways, bridges, sidewalks, curbs and curb ramps, crosswalks, bicycle facilities, underpasses, and overpasses used by the public for vehicular and pedestrian travel.”

The Greenbook lists four ways in which pedestrians can be accommodated in the public right-of-way:

  • Sidewalks
  • Shared Use Paths
  • Shared Streets
  • Shoulders

Of shoulders, the Greenbook says that their primary function is to provide emergency parking for disabled vehicles and an alternate path for vehicles during avoidance or other emergency maneuvers. It also says that “shoulders are not intended for frequent use by pedestrians, but do accommodate occasional pedestrian traffic.”

Parents of students who live within a reasonable walking distance of school would be right to ask why Section 1006.23 of the Florida Statutes (“Hazardous Walking Conditions”) finds conditions acceptable for students that Florida’s Greenbook doesn’t consider routine for even the general public.

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