Rampart High School Parking Lot Study + Design
Colorado Springs, CO
Kerry Childress, PE, RSP1
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY ON CAMPUS
A comprehensive traffic safety study and revamped parking lot design ensure improved mobility and safety for students and staff of Rampart High School.
After two high-profile pedestrian crashes on the Rampart High School campus spurred community concern, Sanderson Stewart was hired by Colorado Springs Academy School District 20 to conduct a comprehensive traffic safety study and parking lot redesign to improve safety and mobility on campus.
In prior years, the school’s three parking lots had been modified in small increments but never had the entire campus been evaluated at one time. Sanderson Stewart aided in providing a holistic approach to multimodal safety.
Phase 1: Video-based traffic data was collected and analyzed for traffic patterns and behaviors. Community input regarding safety concerns was gathered. Recommendations were to separate out various users (buses, parent drop-off, teen drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists), close off access between parking lots, and improve flow of the parent drop-off zone.
Phase 2: The three campus parking lots were redesigned with a new expanded capacity parent drop-off loop, and separate entrances for buses, staff and student parking were designated. Improvements to signage, curb markings, and fire lanes were made. A new pedestrian path was installed over an established social trail.