Route away from schools at pickup & dropoff time
We've been noticing an increasing amount of Waze traffic near our local elementary school. It is dangerous for the kids who are biking to school (and not yet as reliable as adults) -- we have had three kids hit by cars in our small city so far this year. And I'm sure it is annoying for drivers -- we've seen a lot of folks swerving around slow cars etc.
I would love to be able to tell Waze the pickup and dropoff windows for our school, and have it automatically route away from the school (and ideally nearby streets).
Maybe use the FHA road classifications for school safe and bike safe roads to know which roads to route away from.
In Australia we actually have time-of-day speed limit reductions around schools which I don't believe Waze currently implements.
Chris Compo commented
Could be optional maybe?
Chris Compo commented
Maybe needs o alert that this is why your being re routed? Otherwise you may think Waze is being stupid. Especially if don't or have never had kids!
Bart Youngblood commented
While it is a nice idea, it isn't really practical. Doing so in some locations would require rather substantial detours around the school. Remember that not everyone lives in a place where there is another road half a mile a way to detour on to.
If there have been a bunch of accidents/injuries/deaths in an near school zones, sounds like you need to get the attention of the local authorities and have them put the police out there instead of patrolling the local interstate.
Copy-Paste from https://www.waze.com/about - "Waze is all about contributing to the 'common good' out there on the road.". The 'common good' means good for everybody, considering all factors and conditions, not simply shaving minutes off your commute.
Autumn Looijen commented
My town of Los Altos, CA does not have sidewalks on the vast majority of its neighborhood streets. So every child who walks or bikes to school is sharing the road with cars most of the way. This is one reason it can be more dangerous than you might think to have commute traffic on school routes -- especially commute traffic from out of town, where people aren't used to sharing the road with kids.
Please please this is important. We just had a funeral of a 14 year old bellarmine kid run over by a car. I worry about my kid in school. This is a very serious issue. Outsiders have very little concern when driving around and most of them are rushing and paying very little attention.
Kacey Carpenter commented
Yes, this is a great idea. I live in Mountain View at the Springer Elementary school crossing walk. Everyday I see so many cars and trucks race through this intersection (many with 1 driver, commuter) during the rush hour in the morning and the evening. Even though the posted speed limited is 15MPH many of these drivers go as fast as possible (sometime driving in the bike lane or center divided lane). Waze maps provide this route to commuters to take short-cuts rather than the highways and safer routes. Would be great to have a way to include these schools in the routes. Also, the google cars drive through every day and automatically follow the speed limits. Would be cool if Waze could limit the route flows based on speed limits that that the fastest speeder. We had a pedestrian death last week in Mtn View and another in Palo Alto. The traffic load is growing and safety needs to be a priority for the drivers and the corporations providing the information (encouraging these drivers to speed). thanks