Comments on: Firm to Aid Schools in Superintendent Search it's like being there Tue, 16 Sep 2014 04:56:38 +0000 hourly 1 By: Kathy Griswold Kathy Griswold Tue, 24 Aug 2010 13:16:48 +0000 Scott Campbell, a King School parent and associate professor of urban planning at the UM, did an analysis of the proposed driveway at King in 2008. The analysis is very critical of the same double-loop driveway design that is planned for Thurston School. He and a group of about 40 King parents were successful in preventing this unsafe driveway design from being constructed at King School.

Professor Campbell’s three most salient criticisms relating to student safety (as he stated in his report) are:
- The major safety issue is car-kid interactions. However, the apparent primary theme of the proposed design is separating busses and cars. There is no fundamental, compelling reason why separating cars and busses should be a top priority, since it has not been identified as the main source of risk.
- The proposed design is often used at busy airports: bus/shuttle traffic along the right curb closest to the terminal entrance, and car drop-off along a separate lane of traffic on the left (dropping off at the central median strip). What works for adult airline passengers may not work well for K-5 students.
- Overall, the proposal unfortunately represents an older (and outdated) transportation engineering model of trying to solve problems by simply adding more capacity (pavement). It is a rather coarse, expensive, over-engineered solution.

The design is in violation of state code as well as school transportation safety guidelines and I continue to advocate, as I have since seeing the Thurston design in the spring of this year, for a revised design that eliminates the need for school children to cross a lane of vehicular traffic.