The problem of parking is very common these days, whether it is parking area of the mall , offices , railway or airport, the need for parking becomes a battle sometimes. Colleges and schools are no different especially during the early morning hours of school and the time when the school gets over, the problem of parking is at peak at these two times. The fleet of buses , vans, and other vehicles that shuttle in during these hours has given rise to the maximum traffic problem.
Problem of school traffic:
Traffic congestion in and around schools is an everyday occurrence. School traffic congestion is associated with the overcrowding of street, blocking off the street by buses and that overcrowd the street. The majority of traffic congestion problems related to school traffic congestion occur in middle and elementary schools. School traffic problem and parking problem is just one aspect of the issue however, there is various other problem that arises because of this traffic congestion, some of which include the following:
- Speeding is one of the common problems.
- Reckless driving
- Poor parking or overcrowding of the street
- Loud car stereos and volume from vehicles causing disturbance to the people living in the vicinity of school
- Overcrowding of street by school vehicles and other vehicles used by parents.
- Parents parking on foot ways and many others.
These are some of the common issues which create a problem for both the parents who come to pick and drop their children as well as for the commuters. A lot of problems has been reported by the people residing in the residential; area near the school, sound, and air pollution is some indirect impact of traffic congestion and overcrowding.
Well, many schools have introduced new methods of providing a parking space, an intelligent parking solution allowing only the vehicles with a permit to place their vehicles near schools.
What is the way out?
There are many way schools can employ to control the traffic congestion, here are a few methods that can help reduce the parking issue by parking management solution:
- Placing of clear no parking area signboard
- Spreading the awareness amongst the parents not to stop in the middle of the road.
- Installing of speed signs and radar speed sign which indicate both speed limit near school areas .
- Encourage car pooling
- Encouraging students to walk or bike to school
A major problem that traffic near the school is the over speeding vehicles. The school area is the most sensitive area when it comes traffic movement, there are children and parents walking down the school and many time the incidents of accidents come up; the school area should have a sign board indicating the speed limit of the vehicle or any of the traffic calming device . Radar speed sign have proven to be very useful in areas near school primarily because firstly they don’t occupy the space of the road, secondly they can be placed at roadside, thirdly they indicated the speed limit as well as the speed of the approaching vehicle, Also a digital sign board indicating the status of traffic or children moving can prove to be very helpful to control the traffic and problems arising because of the speeding vehicles.
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