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Report: New Orleans school zones flunk safety audit

  // Monday, 11 August 2014 22:39 //

Monica Hernandez / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS - A new report is evaluating just how safe sidewalks and crosswalks are for students and parents walking to schools around New Orleans.

The Kids Walk Coalition, a program with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC), looked at 50 schools in Orleans Parish and found that more than 60 percent of the school zones were deemed hazardous for kids walking or biking to school.

"There were little to no crosswalks to guide pedestrians," said Isobel Healy, program manager with the Tulane PRC. "A lot of the curb ramps, which are apart of the ADA transition plan, were missing."

The audit looked closely at the condition of sidewalks, streets, crosswalks and whether the proper school zone signs were in place.

But where there is work to be done, there is also progress.

"There have been improvements since 2011 and there is a ton of road construction going on," says Healy.

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