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Last year, parents, school and local officials, and public health and transportation representatives joined together at more than 5,500 schools to make it the largest Walk to School Day event in History.
School will be starting again soon in Moundridge and this is a good reminder that we need to watch for children walking to and from the school every day. We are currently working on a Safe Routes To School Grant project. The Safe Routes program can assist with infrastructure projects such as sidewalk improvements and repairs; curbs, gutters and curb ramps. It can also address traffic flow and diversion improvements, parking and bicycle facilities.
Recent survey results show that 15 percent of our Kindergarten through 8th grade students walk to school and 4 percent of them ride a bicycle. 54 percent are riding to school in their family vehicle; 2 percent carpool and 25 percent ride to school on a bus. In other words, there is a lot of traffic at and around our schools when kids are coming in the morning and leaving in the afternoon.
It’s “Back to School Time” so let’s be safe in Moundridge.