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Safe Routes to Traverse Heights and Immaculate Conception Schools: April 10 and 12

by Missy Luick
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April 5, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contacts:         Missy Luick, City of Traverse City, Planning and Engineering Assistant, (231) 922-4778

                        Ty Schmidt, Norte, Executive Director, (231) 883-2453

                        Christine Guitar, Traverse City Area Public Schools, (231) 933-8995

                        Aaron Biggar, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools, (231) 947-1252          

Safe Routes to Traverse Heights and Immaculate Conception Schools

Walking and Biking Audits Planned for April 10 and 12

TRAVERSE CITY, MICHIGAN- On Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m., the Traverse Heights Elementary Safe Routes to School team and Immaculate Conception School Safe Routes to School team respectively will host Walking and Biking Audits of routes students use to walk and bike to school. Safe Routes to School (SR2S) is a national and state program to increase walking and biking to school along safe routes.

Community members and parents are encouraged to participate in both Walking and Biking Audits. Participants will help identify the safest routes for children to walk and bike to school. Both events will include directions to use a simple checklist, walk or bike a designated route, mapping results, and developing recommendations to increase safe walking and biking to school. The walking and/or biking portion of the audit will take approximately 50 minutes. Snacks will be provided. Please plan on 2-3 hours total.

  • Traverse Heights SR2S Audit- April 10, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the school library (933 Rose Street, Traverse City, MI 49686).
  • Immaculate Conception SR2S Audit- April 12, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. Participants are asked to meet at the school library (218 Vine Street, Traverse City, MI 49684).

Findings of the Walking and Biking Audits will be used to create a SR2S action plan to increase safety on routes students walk or bike. A benefit to students from Safe Routes to School is the regular physical activity they receive from walking or biking daily to and from school. A recent national survey found that while 70% of parents walked or bicycled to school as children, only 18% of their children walk or bike to school today. Three out of five children aged 9 to 13 don’t get any physical activity outside of school physical education.

Currently, Norte is collecting surveys among parents and students at various Traverse City area Elementary and Middle Schools related to present attitudes and behaviors toward walking or biking to school. This information will be used to develop education, encouragement, enforcement and engineering strategies to increase safe walking and biking to school. To take the survey, visit: https://elgruponorte.org/survey/

For more information about Safe Routes to School in Traverse City, contact Missy Luick, City of Traverse City at (231) 922-4778 or the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports at (800) 434-8642. 

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