Drones Study Safety

Safety Study to Improve Pedestrian Safety
Posted on 09/30/2019
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Beginning October 1, parents, families and teachers may see drones flying above and around their schools during morning student drop-off or afternoon pick-up. The Carson City School District is working with Carson City government officials to conduct a safety review study designed to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in school zones.

Headway Transportation, a transportation planning and design firm, will use the drones to capture bird’s-eye footage during high-traffic times at each school. Using an aerial perspective, they hope to identify pinch-points and overall circulation around the school. They will conduct surveys using drones of each site on the following days.

  • Carson Middle School – October 1 (Afternoon) and October 2 (Morning)
  • Empire Elementary School – October 4 (Afternoon) and October 8 (Morning)
  • Fremont Elementary School – October 9 (Morning) and October 11 (Afternoon)
  • Fritsch Elementary School – October 8 (Afternoon) and October 17 (Morning)
  • Eagle Valley Middle School – October 10 (Morning) and October 9 (Afternoon)
  • Seeliger Elementary School – October 10 (Afternoon) and October 11 (Morning)
  • Bordewich Bray Elementary School – October 15 (Afternoon) and October 16 (Morning)
  • Mark Twain Elementary School – October 15 (Morning) and October 16 (Afternoon)

The results from the studies will be incorporated into a master plan of future safety improvements and educational efforts aimed at making walking and biking to school safer. The effort is focused on encouraging students to walk or bike to school.

Headway Transportation has assured the school district the drone pilot will work with the Carson City Airport to notify them of each flight.