The cost-effectiveness of New York City's Safe Routes to School Program

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is a roadway improvement program that provides funding for state departments of transportation to build new sidewalks and bike lanes and improve traffic crossing safety, upgrade signage and increase pedestrian education, all in order to make school travel safer. In this study, the authors assess the cost-effectiveness of the SRTS program in New York City for both school-aged children and adult users of high-risk intersections that have received improvements. The two estimates combined yield the program's societal cost. Long-term impacts of SRTS on injury education and associated savings (medical costs, lifelong disability, death) are assessed using a Markov model. The study finds SRTS to be associated with an overall net societal benefit of $230 million and 2055 quality-adjusted life years gained in New York City, leading the authors to conclude that SRTS is a cost-effective strategy that reduces traffic injuries.

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  • Accession Number: 01532574
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 16 2014 1:28PM