Federal school safety program could be expanded

January 14, 2013 10:50:55 AM PST
A federal program to make it safer for kids to walk or bike to school is working in America's biggest city and could be expanded soon.

The "Safe Routes to School Program" is in effect in many cities including cities in the Bay Area.

Columbia University researchers evaluated New York's program and found injuries to pedestrians ages 5 to 19 dropped 44 percent in neighborhoods.

The program uses new traffic and pedestrian signals, speed bumps, and exclusive pedestrian crossing times to reduce accidents.

The research is published in the online version of the journal "Pediatrics."