Complete Streets + Safe Routes to School

June 03, 2021

Combining Funding Programs Can Help You Achieve Greater Success!

Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School projects improve safety for all users on our roadways and sidewalks whether they are pedestrians, cyclists, or motorists. Combining the available funding for these programs also has the potential to increase safety significantly for school children as well as the community. Howard Stein Hudson (HSH) has planned, designed, and delivered Safe Routes to School and Complete Streets projects from Salisbury to Agawam.

Summer is a great time to address your school access and mobility plans. HSH can help your municipality secure funding, providing the best path forward to completing your projects.  Please contact Erin to start a conversation on the available possibilities.

Examples of Cost-effective Safety Enhancements, Particularly at Schools:

Pedestrian Activated Crosswalk
Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons increase drivers’ awareness and is a great option for increasing drivers’ stopping rates for students and parents crossing at school zone, mid-block, and multi-lane uncontrolled crossings.
Curb Extensions
Significantly improve pedestrian crossings by reducing the pedestrian crossing distance, improving the ability of pedestrians and motorists to see each other, and reducing the time that pedestrians are in the street.
High-Visibility Crosswalks
High-visibility markings improve visibility of the crosswalk compared to the standard parallel lines. Parking restrictions on the crosswalk approach improve the sightlines for motorists and pedestrians.
Bicycle Racks
Bicycle racks provide a safe and secure storage-designated area for bicycles on school campuses. Installing easily accessible cycle storage in your school is a key component in encouraging pupils to make their daily journey to and from school by bike, and encourages healthy and active lifestyles.

Meet Our Team

Keri Pyke, P.E., PTOE,
Principal of Transportation Planning

Keri is a complete streets expert and brings a unique mix of technical, policy, and planning skills, as well as strong communication and collaboration skills to projects.  Additionally, Keri has developed traffic, pedestrian, and bike solutions for numerous school projects throughout the Commonwealth in operational analysis, parking, safety studies, pedestrian and bicycle studies, traffic signal design, traffic management, and peer reviews.

Erin Reed,
Safe Routes to School Specialist

Erin focuses on facilitating communication between the school administrators, parents, and designers to enhance safety for school children. Her extensive experience as the Senior Statewide Coordinator for the MassDOT Safe Routes to School Program informs her work with many municipalities to improve safety and access to schools.

Jocelyn Dewire,
School Campus Infrastructure Specialist
Jocelyn is an experienced project manager who has designed safe routes to school projects. Some of the features include sidewalk improvements, traffic signal improvements, crosswalks, pedestrian curb ramps, and intersection improvements. Jocelyn has helped deliver numerous Safe Routes to School projects throughout the Commonwealth.