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Schools are working to make students' commute to school safer.
district and the City of Maumee have been working with ODOT over the last year
to improve non-vehicle transportation. They are focusing on bicycling and
walking routes to the elementary schools.
important so that we're ensuring that we have the safest routes to and from school
that we can possibly have for our students in Maumee," said Nacy Sayre, or
committee walked the routes the students traditionally take to school. Their goal
was to identify improvements needed for sidewalks and streets.
looking at things like crosswalks, sidewalks," Sayre said. "All the places kids
need to get to and from schools, we're looking at street timers on the
Safe Routes to Schools initiative is geared toward grade levels K-8. Not only
will the program produce a safer way for students to travel, but the bottom
line is to promote healthy living.
lifestyles – walking, bicycling – encouraging that," Sayre said. "And the way
to do that is to ensure your routes back to school are just as safe as they can
district has composed a school travel plan. Now they need to get it approved.
the plan becomes final, then we are eligible to apply for funding to help
offset the cost to help improving crosswalks and sidewalks," Sayre explained.
will be a public meeting held Thursday night at Gateway Middle School to get
parents' input and to finalize the plan.
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